Boeing 737-MAX: Slowly Gaining Acceptability
While some of the airlines have opted to bring Boeing 737 MAX to the air, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has mentioned that it will conduct its own independent safety flight tests on the newly-upgraded MAX after the recertification process. The reason behind this move is the safety concerns for the aircraft which remained grounded for almost two years. The Chinese authority desire that safety issues must be “properly addressed” before proceeding to the testing stage.
According to CAAC Vice Head Dong Zhiyi, the regulatory body has conducted its own in-depth investigation. It is currently working with Boeing and Federal Aviation Administration to address its safety concerns. The prime areas of concern for CAAC are certified design changes, proper training for the pilots, and specific findings into the last two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
China was among the first country to ground the 737 MAX following the second of two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019. Surprisingly, China was a major market for the MAX, with more MAX jets operating in China than anywhere else in the world. China reportedly makes up about a quarter of MAX sales.
Regulators in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, and Brazil have all already lifted their flight bans on the MAX, in light of the two-year recertification process undertaken by Boeing and the FAA, which included necessary design updates to the software in the aircraft, additional sensors, and emergency warnings, and additional training for pilots on the type.
Australia became the latest country to lift the ban on the 737 MAX this week.