China approves Boeing's 737 Max to fly again

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Air China took delivery of the 737 MAX in 2018.

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China’s Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday cleared the way for Boeing’s 737 MAX planes to return to commercial service. Two accidents in which a total of 346 people died, and almost a year after the plane returned to the skies in the United States, NS airworthiness instruction The list released by China’s Civil Aviation Administration would require airlines to make several changes to the aircraft, including software upgrades, additional pilot training and revisions to operating manuals.


“After making an adequate assessment, the CAAC is of the view that corrective action is sufficient to address this vulnerable situation,” the agency said. in the instruction,

The decision is the first step in removing the grounding order that prevented the 737 MAX from flying over Chinese airspace. After the second Max crash, in Ethiopia in March 2019, China was the first country to land the plane.

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more than 80 countries complied with their own grounding orders, but most, in the United States, included picked them up By June, after Boeing made changes to The flight control system was blamed for both accidents., China, a huge aviation market and a large Boeing customer, is one of the last countries to cancel its order. Indonesia, where the first crash occurred, and Russia are the two holdouts remaining.

Though the CAAC did not set any date for the resumption of passenger flights, they may start by the end of the month. Once the grounding order is lifted, non-Chinese airlines will be able to fly Max over the country’s airspace.

Boeing, which may resume new Max deliveries in China next year, praised the agency’s move. “The CAAC’s decision marks an important milestone toward safely returning the 737 MAX to service in China,” the company said in a statement.

Several Chinese airlines operate Max, including Air China, China Eastern China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Donghai Airlines. The country is also developing a 737 MAX competitor to the Comac C919, but that airplane has not yet entered service.

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