The aviation authorities in China have yet to grant permission to fly the Boeing 737 MAX again. The China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) announced the organization this Monday. So he differs from his colleagues in Europe and the United States, who previously decided to allow flights with the troubled plane again.
Chinese authorities said they will begin flight tests on Monday once major safety concerns are addressed. This mainly relates to changes in aircraft design, pilot training, and specific outcomes from the two crashes.
In 2018 and 2019, two MAX aircraft crashed within a few months. More than three hundred people were killed. Immediately after that, all aircraft of this type had to remain on the ground. China was the first to take this action. It is the country with the largest number of MAX aircraft, about a quarter of all aircraft worldwide.
In January 2021, the United States’ FAA gave the final green light for the aircraft to fly again. After a short time, among other things, the European regulator EASA followed. Last week, Australia also allowed flights again.
It was also announced on Monday that US Airways United Airlines has ordered 25 Boeing 737 Max planes. It should be delivered in 2023.