Singapore has lifted the flight ban on Boeing 737 Max, allowing it to return to service more than two years after the plane was grounded in March 2019 following two fatal crashes that left 346 people dead.
According to the CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore), the Boeing 737 Max approval is based on operators such as Singapore Airlines complying with airworthiness directives and additional flight crew training requirements.
The approval for the plane’s return comes months after it returned to service in the United States and Europe, and follows the more recent lifting of grounding orders in other countries such as India, Japan, Fiji, Australia, and Malaysia.
China is the biggest market in the region that is yet to approve the return of the Boeing 737 MAX. However, Boeing last month conducted test flights in the country.
Singapore Airlines already has six of the planes, with plans underway to take delivery of another eight in the financial year ending 31st March 2022.
Meanwhile, Boeing reported a $17 billion revenue for the second quarter of 2021, up from $11.8 billion in 2020 Q2 following higher commercial deliveries. The company announced a profit of $567 million, following close to two years of losses.
Financial results from the company show that it delivered 79 commercial aeroplanes in the period, up from 20 in 2020 Q2, maintaining a backlog of 4,100 aeroplanes with an estimated value of $285 billion. Commercial aeroplane revenues grew from $1.6 billion to $6.02 billion.