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The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has reportedly announced its decision to partially lift the existing flight ban on the Boeing 737 Max.
The approval to allow the plane to pass through Vietnamese airspace follows a proposal made by the Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority (CAAV) last month, Reuters reported citing state media from the country.
The CAAV made its proposal after closely following Boeing’s efforts to improve the aircraft and rating by major aviation authorities, including the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Agency. aviation safety in the European Union.
The ban on flight operations of the Boeing 737 Max in the country’s airspace was imposed two years ago.
The authority suspended the issuance of new licenses for the aircraft and invalidated existing licenses in March 2019, following two fatal crashes that left 346 people dead in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
CAAV has been advised to continue to monitor the situation and update itself.
Meanwhile, China, Australia, Russia and other Southeast Asian countries have yet to open their airspace for this model aircraft.
The ministry will not completely lift the plane ban until the above countries withdraw their suspension orders and comply with Vietnamese regulations.
Last December, the FAA had already cleared the Boeing 737 Max to resume operations and Europe followed suit in January.
Other regulators from Japan, Europe, UK, Canada, Brazil, UAE and Australia have authorized the operation of the following aircraft engineering modifications and additional pilot training.
At the end of last month, US airline Southwest Airlines placed an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAXs following a multi-year assessment to modernize its fleet.