Vietnam Mulls Reauthorization of Boeing 737 MAX Operations

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport permit the Boeing B737 MAX operations within the country. The authority will issue a recommendation to the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) to allow to fly Boeing 737 MAX in Vietnam’s airspace.

CAAV proposal comes after aviation safety agencies worldwide have performed independent assessments and approved Boeing 737 MAX to fly again. The agencies that have given the green light are the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) the Transport Canada Civil Aviation.

However, CAAV alludes it will wait for aviation agencies from China, Australia, and Russia to do the same before it relaunches Boeing 737 MAX in Vietnam. After all of them allow the type to resume service, CAAV will propose the ministry to allow inbound and outbound flights using Boeing 737 MAX and grant certificates to import the aircraft.

A low-cost local carrier VietJet has 200 aircraft of the type on order. No other Vietnamese airlines have any Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in their fleet.