Hong Kong Gives a Go-Ahead to the Operations of Boeing 737 MAX Aircrafts

The above-mentioned crashes of flights JT610 and ET302 by Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines led to the demise of 346 passengers. However, most of the countries have lifted their ban on the Boeing 737 MAX flights. During the ban period, Boeing had to recertify the aircraft which required fixing certain design issues, especially the MCAS system.

Highlights

  • Most of the countries have lifted their ban on the Boeing 737 MAX flights.
  • Boeing had to recertify the aircraft which required fixing certain design issues, especially the MCAS system.
  • Brazilian airline GOL became the first airline operator to resume the passenger services using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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After a long wait of three years, Hong Kong is finally allowing airline carriers across the world to resume their operations using Boeing B737 MAX aircraft in the city’s airspace. The permission comes in as the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) in Hong Kong issued a directive which has now allowed for resuming of the operations for narrow-body aircraft in Hong Kong. The 737 MAX aircraft were banned in countries across the globe due to the safety scandals that happened because of two fatal flight crashes in 2018 and 2019.

The Reason Behind Discontinuation and Requirements to Resume Operations

The above-mentioned crashes of flights JT610 and ET302 by Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines led to the demise of 346 passengers. However, most of the countries have lifted their ban on the Boeing 737 MAX flights. During the ban period, Boeing had to recertify the aircraft which required fixing certain design issues, especially the MCAS system.

Earlier, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the recertification, Brazilian airline GOL became the first airline operator to resume the passenger services using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department has issued a directive on January 22 which allows for the lifting of the ban on the 737 MAX aircraft. According to the General Director of CAD, Victor Liu, the guidelines suggest that the airlines which intend to fly the model in Hong Kong’s airspace and to the international airport must fulfil the airworthiness directive from the FAA or a similar directive from the country where the plane was registered. Furthermore, the airline should also have a valid certificate of airworthiness that complies with all the standards set by the Civil Aviation Organization.

It is to be noted that there are no local operators for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Hong Kong and as of January 2019, only two carriers operated the narrow-body flight in Hong Kong. The carriers were Siberia Airlines and SpiceJet that operated from Novosibirsk and New Delhi respectively. Both the airlines jointly operated around 80 flights a week with 15,568 available seats.

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