Boeing says the vast majority of its 737 MAXs have now resumed operations with Chinese airlines, in the country that was its last major market to raise flight ban re-engined single-aisle aircraft following two accidents that caused 346 victims at Lion Air then Ethiopian Airlines.
This ” about 90% was announced on June 28, 2023 on the American aircraft manufacturer’s account on the Chinese social network WeChat according to Reuters, quoting Boeing China President Sherry Carbary. Some of these 737 MAX “ departed on regional international routes in Central Asia and Southeast Asia “, adds the leader. Of the 96 aircraft that had been delivered to China before being grounded in March 2021, the first to resume sales department was last January a 737-8 from China Southern Airlines ; its 24 MAXs have found their passengers according to Planespotters, according to which two of the ten 737-8 of XiamenAir remain on the ground.
Remember that the Chinese regulator CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) had conducted the first recertification flight of the MAX in Shanghai last August (with the help of 35 inspectors and pilots from the American regulator FAA dispatched to the scene), Boeing had spoken of an “important step”. After the airworthiness directive (AD) published at the beginning of December, by the CAAC announcing a return to commercial service for this beginning of the year, an “operational preparation flight” was operated on January 9 by the airline Hainan Airlines (eleven 77-8 delivered out of 50 expected)
Boeing is still awaiting the resumption of deliveries of the 737 MAX in China, while in April the CAAC affirmed that everything is ready – except for a green light from power, against a backdrop of constant tensions with the United States, commercial as well as diplomatic.