Boeing 737 MAX cleared to fly in Indian airspace once more
- The Indian Civil Aviation Authority has taken Boeing 737 MAX jets off the ground.
- SpiceJet expects to start operating the Boeing 737 MAX next month.
- India grounded 737 MAX jets on March 13, 2019.
The Indian Civil Aviation Authority announced today that Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are allowed to operate again in Indian airspace.
All Boeing 737 MAX jets were grounded worldwide in March 2019 after two crashes within 5 months.
On March 13, 2019, India banned all MAX aircraft from flying in, from, within and over Indian airspace.
Recently, these aircraft were allowed to fly again by civil aviation regulators in the US, EU, United Arab Emirates and other countries – after completing the necessary safety modifications and necessary hardware and software updates for safety.
India’s SpiceJet Ltd said Thursday it expects Boeing Co’s grounded 737 MAX jets in its fleet to be put back into service in late September following an agreement with lessor Avolon to lease the aircraft.
SpiceJet – the only Indian airline with B737 Max in India – has reached a settlement with Avolon, a major lessor of MAX aircraft that will pave the way for the airline’s 737 MAX aircraft to return to service … towards the end of September 2021. Subject to regulatory requirements Permits. “
In total, there were eighteen Boeing 737 Max aircraft in India at the time of landing – five former jets and 13 from SpiceJet.
Indian billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is also planning to launch a new low-cost airline with a B737 Max fleet by early next year. Ex-Jet Max was flown out by lessors.
The head of India’s Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA), Arun Kumar, today issued an order to lift the grounding of the B737-8 / 9 MAX in March 2019.
“This repeal will only allow Boeing Company Model 737-8 and Boeing Company Model 737-9 (MAX) aircraft to operate if the applicable recommissioning requirements are met,” said Kumar.
At the beginning of April, the DGCA had allowed Boeing 737 Max aircraft registered abroad that were stationed in India to fly out. It had also enabled the modified Max to fly over Indian airspace.
Following this, some overseas registered aircraft stationed at various airports in India were able to perform RTS.
So far 175 out of 195 countries have lifted restrictions on Max, and over 30 operators have put the aircraft back into service.
In a statement, Boeing said, “The DGCA’s decision marks an important milestone in bringing the 737 MAX back to service safely in India. Boeing continues to work with regulators and our customers to bring the aircraft back into service around the world. “