China Southern cancels planned return of Boeing 737 MAX flights – website

(Reuters) – China Southern Airlines Co Ltd on Sunday canceled plans for two Boeing Co 737 MAX flights that would have represented the model’s return to passenger flights in China after more than three years, according to the airline’s website.

The 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, but has been returned to service worldwide except for China and Russia after aircraft modifications. aircraft and pilot training.

China Southern had regular flights from its Guangzhou hub to Zhengzhou and Wuhan, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The airline’s website and FlightRadar24 flight tracking website showed the flights had been cancelled. China Southern did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Wednesday, Boeing said it still had 138 planes made for Chinese carriers that were in the United States awaiting delivery, although it had started reselling the planes to other carriers as it did not. There was no concrete sign that Chinese airlines would accept the planes in the short term.

Earlier this month, a MIAT Mongolian Airlines 737 MAX flight landed in Guangzhou, marking the model’s first commercial flight in China since 2019.

(Reporting by Jamie Freed in Sydney; Editing by Chris Reese)

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