Malaysia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX

Malaysia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 aeroplane is pictured on the haze-shrouded tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, in 2019. (Reuters photo)
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 aeroplane is pictured on the haze-shrouded tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, in 2019. (Reuters photo)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has lifted a ban on operating Boeing's 737 MAX passenger jet after more than two years, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Malaysia suspended the aircraft in March 2019 after it was grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes.

CAAM lifted the suspension as it released a new safety directive applicable to Malaysian and foreign air operators on Thursday.

On the 737 MAX, the regulator said it had been closely monitoring the approval process and extensive work undertaken, particularly from Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and accepted the comprehensive return-to-service requirements set by the FAA for the plane.

Last week, India's air safety regulator also cleared the aircraft to fly with immediate effect.

While several airlines and lessors cancelled orders of the jet after the crashes, national carrier Malaysia Airlines kept its order of 25 jets. It said in May it would take delivery from 2024. 

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