On September 14, 2022, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) arranged a meeting with Boeing in Zhoushan, Zhejiang, to talk about the 737 MAX’s return to the nation.
After two catastrophic incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia lost 346 lives, China becomes the first nation to ground the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2019.
Chinese state-controlled media claimed on September 20, 2022, that during the meeting, China’s authority studied the modifications made to 737 MAX aircraft and assessed better pilot training plans.
There was no agreement made at the conference regarding a timeframe for when airlines will be able to fly the MAX again over China. Instead, the CAAC posed new inquiries about the 737 MAX plane. Once all issues are rectified, it stated it will publish a second version of the “Boeing 737 Series Aircraft Review Report.”
A day before Boeing revealed that it will remarket some 737 MAX airplanes made for Chinese clients, the meeting was scheduled.
According to Brian West, the CFO of Boeing, as of July 2022, there were approximately 290 uncompleted Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with half of them destined for the Chinese market.
The CAAC previously stated that it was pleased with design modifications made by Boeing to software and display scenarios and that it was preparing an airworthiness directive outlining the steps pilots should take in the case of issues similar to those that led to the crashes.
China is the last significant nation to have not renewed certification for the MAX to fly.