China studies recertification plan for Boeing 737 Max
March 1, 2021 - China’s aviation regulator said on Monday that it is studying a plan with Boeing Co for recertification of its Boeing 737 Max fleet, which has been grounded for nearly two years following two fatal crashes.
China was the first country to ground the 737 Max in 2019 after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. American regulators approved the plane in November to resume commercial flights after Boeing made technical changes and a new training regime was put into place for pilots.
“Major safety concerns” raised by Chinese regulators have not been fully resolved, said Dong Zhiyi, deputy administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, at a news conference.
Design changes must pass approval for airworthiness, pilots must receive ”effective flight training” and conclusions of investigations into the two crashes must be clear, Dong said.
China is, along with North America and Europe, one of the biggest markets for Boeing Co and its European rival Airbus. That makes the 737 Max’s approval by Beijing important for its commercial success.