China’s aviation regulators hold 737 MAX assessment meeting at Boeing’s Zhoushan factory

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) organized a special meeting of the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG, part of CAAC’s Flight Standards Department) dedicated to Boeing 737 MAX in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, September 14. The purpose of the meeting was to review the technical characteristics of the 737 series aircraft after the relevant improvements.

The CAAC website reports that the CAAC will release the second edition of the Boeing 737 series aircraft evaluation report after the issues raised during the meeting are resolved and the process of resuming the introduction of the 737 MAX in China is completed soon. The latest edition of the Boeing 737 Series AEG report was published in October 2017.


Boeing was at the meeting

The meeting was deliberately arranged in Zhoushan, where Boeing’s Zhoushan Assembly and Delivery Center is located. According to the statement of TSAAC, the participants of the meeting were representatives of the following organizations:

CAAC Flight Standards Division Meeting participant
AEG Center of Chinese Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology Meeting participant
Flight and maintenance experts of the respective airlines Invited
Directors of Operations Inspectors and Directors of Maintenance Inspectors from CAAC Regional Administration Offices Invited
Boeing China, Boeing Zhoushan Center Complement and Delivery Center They supported the meeting at the local level
Boeing 737 Software Engineering Group Online support from Seattle

All local meeting participants visited Boeing’s Zhoushan assembly and delivery center the day after the meeting, according to the same statement.

Amazing timing for recent events

This is reported by Simple Flying Boeing will begin remarketing some 737 MAX aircraft destined for Chinese customers. The announcement was made by two of the company’s top executives, Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun and CFO Brian West, which was made public last Thursday, September 15.

Calhoun is also reported to have said that resuming 737 MAX deliveries to China is critical Boeingfuture, but the prospect of selling aircraft to China in the near future (a year or two) was low.

Boeing CEO Calhoun said the resumption of 737 MAX deliveries to China is critical to Boeing’s future. Photo: Getty Images

In conjunction with today’s news, it is interesting to see the sequence of events:

September 14 CAAC has arranged a special AEG meeting for the 737 MAX (not announced until the 20th)
September 15 Boeing has announced that it will reassign several 737 MAX planes promised to Chinese buyers to other non-Chinese airlines
September 20 CAAC released news of the meeting

There is no word on why Boeing announced the reassignment decision a day after AEG’s CAAC meeting. Before the CAAC released the news, the media interpreted it as saying that Boeing could not wait indefinitely, as the CAAC had not made much progress since issuing the derivative airworthiness directive (CAD2021-B737-19) in December 2021.

However, with news of the meeting becoming public, there may be other considerations behind Boeing’s decision to relocate.

What do you think of China’s latest 737 MAX development? Do you think supplies to Chinese airlines will resume soon, as reported by CAAC? Or, as Boeing’s CEO says, is there still a long way to go? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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