The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could return the Boeing 737 Max to European skies in the coming months upon approval, which could occur as early as next week.
EASA suspended the Max in March 2019 following two fatal crashes, killing 346 people who died in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Patrick Ky, the executive director of EASA, was quoted Tuesday by The Guardian as saying it would issue an updated airworthiness directive next week.
Ky said a separate airworthiness certification for the Max-200 variant would follow in the "coming weeks," allowing those jets to fly before summer.
Since the two fatal crashes and worldwide grounding of the Max, Boeing updated software and rewired flight components on each aircraft. Airlines have also trained their pilots in the new changes.