Hong Kong allows airlines to resume use of Boeing 737 Max

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight

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Jan 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong is allowing airline operators to restart the use of Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 Max planes in the city’s airspace, its civil aviation department (CAD) said on Friday. ) in a directive, lifting its ban on the plane after nearly three years.

The 737 MAX is integral to Boeing’s ability to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and a safety scandal caused by two fatal crashes.

Hong Kong had temporarily restricted the use of the aircraft in 2019 following a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that left 157 people dead.

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Airlines intending to fly the 737 Max in Hong Kong airspace and to the international airport must comply with the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s airworthiness directive or directive. as strict of the country where the plane was registered, said Victor Liu, the director. – CAD general.

The airline must also hold a valid certificate of airworthiness that meets International Civil Aviation Organization standards, the directive added.

Boeing shares pared losses to trade down 2.4% to $209 after the news, which was first reported by Bloomberg.

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Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel

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