Australia has become the first country in the Asia Pacific region to lift the ban on the Boeing 737 Max.
“We … are confident that the aircraft are safe,” Graeme Crawford, acting chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, said in a statement on Friday. The return to service will be based on the return-to-service requirements set by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the aircraft.
Virgin Australia has 25 737 Max planes on order. Singapore Airlines and Fiji Airways, which operate the aircraft on flights to Australia, will need approval from the their national aviation regulators as well as other authorities where they need to use airspace, before bringing the aircraft back into service.
Regulators in the United States, Europe, Britain, Canada, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates have already approved the 737 Max’s return to flight, with FAA being the first one to lift the ban. The aircraft was grounded globally in March 2019 after two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.
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