On Friday, in a statement Australia’s aviation regulator stated, it will lift its ban on flights to and from the country that use Boeing Co’s 737 MAX aircraft.
The development marks Australia as the first nation in the Asia-Pacific region to take this major step.
“We…are confident that the aircraft are safe,” said Graeme Crawford, the acting chief of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority in a statement.
He went on to add, the CASA has “accepted the comprehensive return-to-service requirements set by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as state of design for the 737 MAX”.
Incidentally, there are no Australian airline which operate the 737 MAX; before its grounding in March 2019 following two deadly crashes, Fiji Airways and Singapore Airlines Ltd operated them on flights with the country.
So far it is unclear when Fiji Airways or Singapore Airlines Ltd will resume flights to Australia given the coronavirus-induced COVID-19 disruption to international air travel.
Neither Fiji Airways nor Singapore Airlines immediately responded to requests for comments.