TUI Became the First to Resume Boeing 737 MAX Operation in Europe

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On February 17th, TUI fly Belgium resumed flights using the Boeing 737 MAX. The airline flew the aircraft to Spain and became the first European airline to resume Boeing 737 MAX flights after the jet’s grounding.

The first flight departed at 09:43 local time in Brussels and landed at 12:14 local time in Malaga. After about an hour on the ground, the aircraft left Malaga and arrived at 14:20 in Alicante. It was a Belgian-registered 737 MAX 8 that the carrier received in 2018, according to

TUI fly Belgium has four Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet. They were parked at Brussels Airport for almost two years.

After EASA cleared the Boeing 737 MAX to fly in Europe, airlines one after another started claiming their set dates for Boeing 737 MAX return. Czech airline Smartwings has planned Boeing 737 MAX flights from February 25th. Norwegian is expected to follow from March 1st. Icelandair said it would bring the Boeing 737 MAX back this spring.