Chinese regulator meets Boeing over 737 MAX return

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has arranged a meeting with Boeing in Zhoushan, Zhejiang on September 14, 2022 to discuss the return of the 737 MAX to the country.

China was the first country to ground Boeing 737 MAX planes in 2019 after two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.

During the meeting, China’s leadership reviewed the changes made to the 737 MAX aircraft and evaluated the improved pilot training plans, Chinese state media reported on September 20, 2022.

The meeting did not lead to a date when airlines can resume flying the MAX in China’s skies. Instead, the CAAC raised additional questions about the 737 MAX aircraft. He said he would release a second edition of the “Boeing 737 Series Aircraft Inspection Report” once all the issues were resolved.

The meeting was arranged a day before Boeing announced the resale of some 737 MAX planes built for Chinese customers.

Boeing CFO Brian West said on September 15, 2022 that as of July 2022, the inventory of undelivered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was about 290 aircraft, half of which were intended to serve the Chinese market.

The CAAC previously said it was satisfied with Boeing’s proposed design changes in software and display situations, and plans an airworthiness directive with information on procedures pilots should follow in the event of problems similar to those that caused the crashes.

China is the last major country not to re-certify the MAX for flight.

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