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737 Max still China's most wanted, but no date of return yet

CHINA still favours Boeing's 737 Max, but it doesn??t have a clear timetable for when it can return to service, reports Bloomberg News

04 November 2020 - 19:00

CHINA still favours Boeing's 737 Max, but it doesn??t have a clear timetable for when it can return to service, reports Bloomberg News.

To speed things along, the country has been holding talks with Boeing as well as US and European aviation regulators.



There are three areas of concern that need to be approved before China allows the plane to fly again. Any change of the design needs to be approved, comprehensive pilot training and the conclusion of the investigation involving the two accidents from the plane need to be cleared.



China first grounded the Max following the second of two crashes that killed 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia. China was the first major jurisdiction to ground the Max.



Failures by Boeing engineers, deception by the company and errors in government oversight led to the two crashes.



Ethiopia hasn't completed its final report on the March 2019 crash that killed 157 people, but an interim report faulted the plane's design and pilot training.



The Ethiopian government has hopes to release a final report before the second anniversary of the disaster. Ethiopian Airlines Group and the country's civil aviation authority will carry out their own safety checks before considering a return.



Prior to the grounding, there were almost 100 Max planes in China, making it the largest market for the jet.



Europe's top aviation regulator said the plane will be safe enough to fly again before the end of the year. The F's chief Steve Dickson flew the plane in September and said the controls were very comfortable.



However, the review process from the F isn't completed and hasn't commented on when it might return.


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