Boeing Max still talked about but no date of return set
CHINA doesn't have a clear timetable for when Boeing 737 Max can return to service, reports London's Air Cargo News
27 October 2020 - 19:00
However, Feng Zhenglin, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told reporters that the issue of the grounded Max was a top priority and there has been collaboration with US and European counterparts.
Three steps need to be met before China approves Max to fly. Any design changes need to be proved, pilot training needs to be comprehensive, and the investigation of the two accidents need to conclude.
China was the first significant jurisdiction to stop the Max after the second crash killed a total of 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
US congressional investigators concluded that failures from Boeing engineers, deception by the company, and major errors in government oversight led to the two crashes.
The Ethiopian government's chief investigator said the goal is to release a final report before the second anniversary of the disaster.
Prior to the stoppage, there were 100 Max planes in operation in China, making it the largest market for the jet. Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern are Max customers.
Europe's top aviation regulator said the plane is safe enough to fly again before the end of the year.
'I honestly don't know where they are [with their evaluation],' said executive director of the EU Aviation Safety Agency executive director Patrick Ky.
The Federal Aviation Administration (F) chief Steve Dickson flew it in September and said the controls were comfortable, but the review process isn't complete yet.
Although many of the world's aviation markets are hurting because of the Covid impact on restricting air travel, China has recovered to pre-pandemic levels for domestic traffic.
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