Singapore Airlines can fly back in 737 MAX


Singapore yesterday gave the green light to lift the flight ban on Boeing 737 MAXs, including those of Singapore Airlines.

A few days after Malaysia, it was the Singaporean civil aviation authority CAAS which authorized the resumption of flights on the re-engined single-aisle, grounded since March 209 and two accidents that claimed 346 victims at Lion Air and then Ethiopian Airlines. A statement from the regulator said the decision was made after « completing a technical assessment, which included design changes to the aircraft made by Boeing and approved by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). » The CAAS said it also reviewed « operational data from the aircraft’s flights that had returned to service over the past nine months, and noted that there had been no safety issues. »


By integrating its regional subsidiary Silk Air, the national company Singapore Airlines has recovered not only its Boeing 737-800 but also the six 737 MAX 8 delivered (out of 37 initially mentioned, fitted out to accommodate 12 passengers in Business class and 144 in Economy). A spokesperson told CNA yesterday that the group has already « proactively completed » engineering changes and software upgrades for these aircraft, and conducted operational readiness flights to Alice Springs, Australia in accordance with standards. FAA airworthiness.

The MAX pilots of the Star Alliance company based at Singapore-Changi Airport will now undergo additional training « in the coming weeks », in order to familiarize themselves with « the new improvements of Boeing’s flight control software. as well as all the situations they could be confronted with during the flight ”. A passage to the flight simulator will be required. No detail, however, at this stage on the routes of Singapore Airlines which could accommodate the 737-8.

Remember that Singapore Airlines has already announced the resale of eight 737-800 ex Silk Air; last February, it negotiated with Airbus and Boeing to stagger some of the next deliveries beyond five years. And converted fourteen of the then expected 787-10 Dreamliner (15 currently in service) into eleven 777-9 available from 2026, for a total of 31 units of the 777X now on order.

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