Low cost carrier SpiceJet, which pledged to add 27 planes over the next two weeks to help to fill in the slots left vacant by Jet's grounding, said that it is making all possible efforts to minimise passenger inconvenience.
Meanwhile, CNN reported on Thursday that a Federal Aviation Administration panel found changes Boeing made to a 737 Max stabilisation system to be "operationally suitable", and gave a thumbs up to the planemaker's plans for training pilots about how the system works. The airline had only five planes airborne when the decision came.
Garneau said the training must include time in a simulator so pilots can rehearse the circumstances of the Lion Air crash.
Due to these two major jet crashes, countries across the planet were essentially forced to prohibit the flight of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets into or out of their jurisdictions as a way to keep people safe. "That was the final test flight prior to the certification flight".
Air Canada's rival, WestJet Airlines Ltd., declined to specifically address Mr. Garneau's comments, but the carrier follows all Transport Canada recommendations, a company spokeswoman said by e-mail.
Air Canada says it is pleased to see the Canadian government take a "rigorous approach" in how it weighs its requirements for reintroducing the jets into service.
Investigators are focused in part on an anti-stall system called the MCAS, or maneuvering characteristics augmentation system, which can repeatedly push the plane's nose down.
The company has proposed a computer-based training that will familiarize pilots upgrading from the 737 NG series with the MCAS system.
Boeing Co. has said it is close to a significant milestone that's one of the last steps before it submits to US regulators a patch for anti-stall software linked to two fatal 737 Max accidents. The company has yet to name which operators and carriers completed testing the software.