Australia lifts Boeing 737 MAX flight ban, first in Asia-Pacific

Australia’s aviation regulator announced Friday (26) that it will lift a nearly two-year ban on Boeing 737 MAX airliners, becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

Graeme Crawford, acting director of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, said he was so confident in the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX that the authority had accepted the request to resume flights developed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

No airlines in Australia itself use the 737 MAX, but Fiji Airways and Singapore Airlines did use the airliner to and from Australia before the 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 due to two serious air crashes. Crawford noted that it is unclear when the two airlines will resume flying the aircraft because of the impact of the new crown pneumonia outbreak on international air travel.