Which Countries Still Haven’t Recertified The Boeing 737 MAX?

Boeing’s 737 MAX is now allowed to fly in most countries, with India recently lifted its MAX ban.…

Which Countries Still Haven’t Recertified The Boeing 737 MAX?

Boeing’s 737 MAX is now allowed to fly in most countries, with India recently lifted its MAX ban. Of the countries still to allow the MAX to resume flying, China stands out. China is the biggest aviation market still to let the 737 MAX resume flights.

To date, some 175 countries have recertified Boeing’s 737 MAX. Photo: Boeing

One big country is lagging others

Following two fatal crashes in six months, airline regulators worldwide grounded the 737 MAX in March 2019. It wasn’t until November 2020 that the US regulator recertified the MAX. While the FAA is influential, most nations have their own safety regulators. Some, for a raft of reasons, took their time giving the MAX the green light.

Among the big airline markets, Brazil was one of the first countries out of the gate. Brazil allowed the MAX to fly again in November 2020. In December, Mexico gave the MAX the thumbs up to start flying again. The following month, in January 2021, both Canada and the EU cleared the MAX to resume flying.

Many smaller countries followed the lead of the larger nations. To date, around 175 countries have recertified the 737 MAX. Getting the MAX back in the air was particularly pertinent if airlines based in a particular country flew the type. But there were some laggards. India only recently fully cleared the 737 MAX to resume flying after initially allowing foreign airlines to fly the MAX in and out of Indian airspace in April.

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Most countries followed the FAA’s lead in recertifying the 737 MAX. Photo: Boeing

China continues to lag other countries in recertifying the 737 MAX

Which brings us to China. There are many reasons why China is taking its time recertifying the 737 MAX. Not all of them are related to safety. Last month, a Boeing 737 MAX-7 flew to Shanghai to operate a series of test flights for Chinese regulators. However, according to The Global Times, a Beijing newspaper that many consider the voice of the Chinese Government, successful test flights won’t automatically lead to recertification.

“China’s civil aviation authorities always uphold three principles,” the newspaper quotes Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijia. “First, aircraft alteration must be approved for airworthiness. Second, pilots must be fully and effectively retrained. Third, the conclusion of the investigation of the two fatal accidents must be clear, and the improvement measures effective.”

The three biggest Chinese airlines, China Southern, Air China, and China Eastern, have 737 MAXs. Until recent years, one-quarter of all planes Boeing built went to China. But an ongoing trade war between China and the United States saw Boeing’s deliveries into China dry up. China is also putting a lot of emphasis on supporting homegrown aircraft manufacturer COMAC.

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An Air China Boeing 737 MAX 8. Photo: Boeing

China’s cautious airline safety regulator

While China’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has continued to work on recertifying the MAX, it is taking its time. Once having a patchy safety record, China has now not recorded a fatal commercial airline accident in over a decade, and the CAAC has grown into an ultra-cautious regulator.

That’s no bad thing, but as noted, there is more at play here than safety. Nonetheless, Boeing’s CEO Dave Calhoun has previously said he expects the 737 MAX back in the air in China by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, China remains the last significant airline market not to recertify the 737 MAX.

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Chairman’s Note: On-Aircraft PCR Testing Increases Flexibility and Reduces Risk on International Missions

We’ve spent the better part of a year working on this issue to develop a solution to effectively address this. The answer: Certifying the aircraft as a mobile testing lab. We partnered with Cedars Health, an expert in mobile laboratory services, to develop a program in which N-registered aircraft can be certified as a mobile laboratory – i.e., On-Aircraft COVID Testing. The post Chairman’s Note: On-Aircraft PCR Testing Increases Flexibility and Reduces Risk on International Missions appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

Chairman’s Note: On-Aircraft PCR Testing Increases Flexibility and Reduces Risk on International Missions

Dear friends and colleagues,

At Universal, we’re always looking at ways to reduce operational challenges and risks for our customers and genuinely make their lives easier. For example, in my own personal travels since the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges has been finding access to reliable and convenient testing.

That’s why I’m excited to talk about a new program that really alleviates the burden of managing COVID testing on international missions – On-Aircraft COVID Testing.

COVID testing isn’t going away.

Since the early days of the pandemic, proof of a negative COVID test has been a standard requirement for entering most countries.

Earlier this year, we briefly saw this requirement begin to go away for the fully vaccinated. However, with the proliferation of the Delta variant, most countries have since reinstated some form of a COVID testing mandate for entry, and it looks like this will continue to be a necessity for international travel for a while.

But it carries challenges and risks for international mission planning.

Trying to manage COVID testing abroad creates severe logistical challenges and risks for business aircraft operators, potentially impacting the success of any international mission. These can include:

  • Scheduling a trip to the hospital or lab into a tight itinerary
  • Lost time and extra costs for a commute
  • If remote technicians are an option, they aren’t always available for your preferred time
  • Physical security risks
  • Health exposure risks
  • Passenger comfort around strangers touching them
  • Data privacy concerns in a foreign country
  • Risk that retesting may be required after false positive or inconclusive result

The solution is on-aircraft COVID testing.

We’ve spent the better part of a year working on this issue to develop a solution to effectively address this. The answer: Certifying the aircraft as a mobile testing lab.

We partnered with Cedars Health, an expert in mobile laboratory services, to develop a program in which N-registered aircraft can be certified as a mobile laboratory – i.e., On-Aircraft COVID Testing.

And it’s working VERY WELL.

We initially piloted the program with a handful of international operators and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback on the whole process. Since then, many operators have joined the program, and they’re telling us the benefits they’re realizing from this solution:

  • Perfect for tight itineraries.
  • Maximizes operational flexibility, especially when dealing with last-minute changes.
  • Easier on your passengers and crew.
  • Provides more privacy, better data security, and better physical safety.
  • Reduces wasted time on the ground.
  • Eliminates extra costs for transportation to/from the lab.
  • Risk Mitigation: A perfect “Plan B” option to always have in your back pocket at a moment’s notice.

How it works.

  • SET UP: Complete a mobile lab certification process for designated crew and aircraft. This involves receiving testing equipment and supplies, completion of virtual training by crew that will be administering the tests.
  • There are options for both PCR and Antigen testing based on the countries you visit and their entry requirements.
  • TESTING: Certified crew will be able to collect samples and run COVID tests onboard the lab-certified aircraft. The process takes about 30 minutes to prep the area, put on the PPE, collect the samples, and run the tests.
  • ANAYLSIS & REPORTING: Data is securely transmitted via HIPAA-compliant web portal to the experts at Cedars Health, who analyze the data and issue the certified lab test result within 15 minutes.
  • TRIP SUPPORT: Universal Trip Support verifies health entry requirements for your planned mission and works with Cedars Health to have their lab team ready and on-call based on your flight schedule.

Accepted globally.

Working through our global network of Universal Aviation FBOs and third-party preferred ground handlers, we’ve validated that this program is now accepted by over 160 countries.

Getting started.

It’s an easy conversion. Ask your Universal Account Manager, your Trip Support Team, or contact us online.

Keep the feedback coming.

We love hearing the success stories that this program has brought to our customers. If you’re already using this and it’s making your life easier, please let me know.

And in the meantime, if there’s anything else we could be doing to make operating in today’s COVID environment easier, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Safe travels!

Greg

 

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