It is the year of transition for more than just the airlines as the recovery continues. Boeing is starting to see a significant rebound concerning the Boeing 737 MAX. After overcoming some hurdles earlier this year post-recertification, the MAX is good to go in over 175 countries worldwide. One of the largest markets where the jet has not yet been recertified is China. Even here, Boeing sees a pathway to recertification.
Boeing’s executives discussed the rebound of the 737 MAX program in 2021.
“First of all let’s remember they have 100 airplanes on the ground in China that airlines want to get into the air. They’ve got the Olympics coming, and they want to move down that path. So they have a lot of natural incentive to want to do it. We’ve been working closely with [the CAAC] from the beginning. It’s constructive, technical issues are being resolved, in fact, for the most part, I think they’re all behind us, and yes I anticipate there will be test flights conducted in certification. As we said, we expect that we will get that before the end of this year,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has taken a close look at the 737 MAX. It was one of the first major regulators in the world to ground the type in early 2019. However, in recent weeks, China has moved to recertify the MAX.
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