On Friday, a Boeing 737 MAX made its first passenger flight in China in over four years, marking a significant accomplishment in the US aircraft manufacturer’s efforts to revive its operations in the second-largest aviation market in the world.
Flight Radar 24 reports that the domestic China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Zhengzhou took off at 12:45 using a MAX aircraft.
The most often used After deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in March 2019, a Boeing model was placed on the ground. However, in late 2020, after modifications to the aircraft and pilot training, the model was once again in operation all over the world. In spite of ongoing trade concerns with the US, China is the last significant market to start flying the MAX once more. Domestic travel demand has recovered as China abandoned zero-COVID restrictions.
In October 2022, foreign carriers started flying the MAX to China, an indication that the first nation to ground the type following the crashes was loosening its regulations. The 737 MAX was slated to return to commercial service by China Southern in October 2022, but it was not used on the scheduled flights.
The MAX’s return, according to Citi analyst Jason Gursky, was the company’s first move toward restoring normal to its China operations and might pave the way for the delivery of brand-new aircraft.
In a note to clients on Wednesday, he noted that “Boeing suggested at its November 2022 investor day that its long-term financial plans do not envisage deliveries of new aircraft into China,” adding that a change in that circumstance would make its targets much less hazardous.
Due in major part to the MAX suspension, Boeing has been lagging well behind Airbus SE in deliveries into the largest aeroplane market in the world. Boeing shipped eight aircraft to China in 2022 whereas Airbus shipped more more than hundred.