BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s aviation regulator said on Tuesday it held a meeting with Boeing (NYSE:) last week over the return of the 737 Max jet to China, a day before the company’s top executives said they would begin re-marketing Some aircraft intended for the Chinese. Client.
The plane has not flown in China commercially since March 2019, when it was grounded after two fatal accidents. The regulator said on social media that the purpose of the meeting was to review training plans for the model’s improved aircraft.
The authority said it will issue a revised report when the questions raised at the meeting are resolved.
The day after the September 14 meeting, senior Boeing executives said the planemaker would begin remarketing about 737 MAX jets intended for Chinese customers because it could not wait indefinitely while political tensions between the United States and China hampered deliveries.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said the resumption of deliveries in China was critical to Boeing’s future, but expectations for aircraft sales to China in the “near term…a year or two” were negative.
A Boeing spokesperson on Tuesday declined to comment on the meeting with CAAC, saying the company continued to work with customers and regulators including in China to safely return the 737 MAX to service worldwide.
The plane maker said in July it had about 290 737 Max jets left undelivered, about half of them destined for Chinese customers.