max: SpiceJet resumes passenger flights on Boeing 737 Max after 2.5 years


NEW DELHI: The Boeing 737 Max resumed passenger flight in India on Saturday after 2.5 years. “SpiceJet resumed regular commercial flights from Saturday using the Max,” said a senior aviation official.
SpiceJet, the only Indian carrier to own Max at the moment, had performed an “operational readiness” flight on a Max Friday.
SpiceJet had 13 Max leased in India when the planes were grounded around the world in March 2019. The required hardware and software changes were made on them. and they will soon begin to fly commercially.
Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa has ordered 72 B737 Max which it will start receiving in time for the planned summer 2022 launch.
The General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) had authorized last August the Max to fly again “subject to the satisfaction of the applicable requirements for the return to service” – that is to say to make the necessary changes to Ensure the security. The maximum was stranded globally in March 2019 following two crashes – one to Indonesian Lion Air and the other to Ethiopian Airlines – in quick succession. The two crashes claimed the lives of 346 people aboard these planes.
Last year, Boeing finalized the software and hardware changes to keep the Max safe. These changes have been verified and approved by foreign aviation regulatory authorities, including those in the country of manufacture, the United States, the EU, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. India was among the last to approve the changes and allow the modified Max to fly again, with China the only major country not yet clearing it.
“Around the world, 17 regulators have authorized the operation of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. A significant number of airlines (34) with a B737 Max aircraft (345) are currently operating… since the non-stranding of December 9, 2020, without any unfortunate report ”, the Indian ordinance of the DGCA of August 26, 2021, allowing the Max to fly again in the country said.