Boeing 737 Max returns to the skies in Vietnam

VOV.VN - The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has permitted airlines to resume air routes using Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft in Vietnam.

The decision, which took effect as of December 31, was based on safety measures adopted by the Boeing manufacturer and the results of the investigation into two crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in 2018 and 2019.

The decision got an approval of the aviation safety risk management council of the CAAV.

The CAAV had previously stopped issuing new permits for B737 Max aircraft and suspended the validity of the permit to enter Vietnamese airspace for flights using this aircraft.

On March 10, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines B 737 Max plane suddenly crashed, killing all 157 people on board. In October 2018, a similar plane of Lion Air also crashed at sea, killing all 189 people on board. Immediately countries, including Vietnam, closed their skies to this aircraft.

In Vietnam Vietjet Air had signed a contract to purchase 100 such aircraft with the first originally expected to be delivered in October 2019. However, this plan has been put on hold after the CAAV stopped approving the operation for the aircraft.