Chinese authorities have cleared the Boeing 737 MAX to resume flying in China, after making a series of safety adjustments.
A directive from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) deeming the model “airworthy” sets the stage for the jet to return to airline schedules in the country next year.
Nevertheless, domestic airlines will still have to complete aircraft modification, restoration of parked aircraft, and pilot training.
China is the last major travel market to bring the MAX back into use after it was grounded globally in March 2019 following two crashes that together claimed 346 lives.
Boeing won approval from the United States in November 2020 and from most other leading aviation authorities soon after to resume service.
Since the FAA’s approval to return the 737 MAX to operations in November 2020, Boeing has delivered more than 195 737 MAX aircraft and airlines have returned more than 200 previously grounded airplanes to service. 31 airlines are now operating the 737 MAX.
The 737 MAX, which entered into service in 2017, is Boeing’s top-selling commercial plane.