Singapore permits Boeing 737 MAX service resumption


Singapore’s aviation regulator announced on Monday that it would approve the resumption of service for the Boeing 737 MAX more than two years after the plane landed, making it the latest country in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a statement that the approval was based on operators, including Singapore Airlines, which comply with the Airworthiness Directive and additional crew training requirements.

Singapore grounded the 737 MAX in March 2019 after two fatal crashes. Return approval will take place months after the model resumes service in the United States and Europe, following the recent lifting of grounding orders in other countries such as Australia, Fiji, Japan, India and Malaysia.

China is the largest market in the region where Boeing conducted a domestic test flight last month but has not yet approved the return of the 737 MAX.

Singapore Airlines owns six planes and plans to deliver eight more in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, the airline said in a May presentation.

Singapore Airlines said on Monday that it will continue to work closely with CAAS and other relevant regulators in the coming weeks to meet the requirements for returning 737 MAX aircraft to service. The airline added that details regarding the operation of the 737 MAX will be announced at a later date.