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On Friday, Australia said it would lift the ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flights, becoming one of the first in the Asia-Pacific region to take this step.
“We … are confident that the aircraft are safe,” Graeme Crawford, acting chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, claimed in a statement.
No Australian airline operates the type, but Virgin Australia has a pending order of 25 Boeing 737 MAX 10s aircraft. Singapore Airlines Ltd and Fiji Airways will likely operate Boeing 737 MAX to Australia once they gain approval from their local authorities to resume the flights.
Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing aviation market, and Boeing has been working hard to rebuild trust in such regions as China, India, Singapore, and more. According to the manufacturer’s estimations, Southeast Asia will need 4,400 new aircraft within the upcoming 20 years, with passenger traffic growing 5.7% per annum. Therefore, recertifying Boeing 737 MAX as soon as possible plays a significant role in penetrating the new prosperous markets.