American Planemaker company Boeing has achieved one more step in resuming Boeing 737 MAX delivery to Chinese carriers. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has given a go-ahead to Boeing to resume Boeing 737 MAX deliveries to China.
CAAC nod to Boeing
As per an article published in Air Current, deputy head of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has told Boeing Commercial that the planemaker is welcome to deepen its development in the Chinese market. This is another feather in cap of Boeing to resume deliveries to one of its largest markets in Asia.
The Boeing 737 MAX has been ordered by various Chinese carriers like China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Fuzhou Airlines, Lucky Air, Air China, Okay Airways, etc. With this move, the aerospace manufacturer is more closer to deliver first Boeing 737 MAX 8 to China after the twin crashes suffered by the Narrowbody airliner.
Recently, Boeing delivered a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jet to Juneyao Airlines. The airline received its 7th B789 after a halt of more than three and half years. It received the 6th Dreamliner in 2019 end.
More approvals needed
Even after the approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the planemaker needs one more approval – one from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
Since 2019, China has not received delivery of any Brand New Boeing 737 MAX jet. Reason was the two crashes – one with Ethiopian Airlines and other with Lion Air.
Since then, all other countries have allowed Boeing to resume deliveries but due to geopolitical reasons, China continued to delay the resumption. Airlines from US like United, Delta and Southwest are constantly taking deliveries.
Headed for Air India Express
In 2019, when delivery flights were paused after an intervention from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), more than 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 became white tail aircraft. White tail means that planemaker has manufactured the jet but the owner is not taking the delivery.
As a result of this, Boeing agreed to deliver the Chinese units to TATA Group Low Cost Carrier Air India Express. The airline has so far received deliveries of 6 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets earlier meant for Chinese airlines like China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Okay Airways. 2 more jets registered as VT-BXI and VT-BXJ are currently on way to India for delivery.
It will be interesting to know if Boeing will change its decision and stop supplying these units to Air India Express and redirect them to Chinese carriers. We will have to wait and see.
Boeing recently delivered the 7th Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Juneyao Air. On 21st December, the aircraft registered as B-20EQ was ferried from Seattle Boeing Field International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. This aircraft is delivered after a halt of more than 3 years. Juneyao will use this jet to enhance its international presence.
Source : India Today