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China opens to B-737 MAX aircraft

US manufacturer thinks it will be able to return to operations in 2022

After more than two and a half years of stop Civil Aviation Administration of China (Caac) today published a directive that will pave the way for the return to service of US B-737 MAX aircraft in China. The document instructs aircraft operators on the procedures to follow in overhauls on this model of aircraft, but does not specify at this time when the ban will be lifted. For the US manufacturer, it is an "important milestone". 

"Caac's decision is an important milestone towards the safe return of the 737 MAX to service in China. Boeing continues to work with regulators and our customers to return the aircraft to service worldwide", said the aircraft manufacturer, that is working to gain Chinese approval by the end of the year, with aircraft deliveries expected to resume in the first quarter of 2022. 

Caac was the first aviation regulatory authority in the world to block the 737 MAX from operating. That was in March 2019. A few days earlier was the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the second major accident after Lion Air Flight 610 crashed to the ground a few months earlier. Safety experts in Beijing said the decision came after completing a review of Boeing's proposed changes. 

On the same subject see the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency