South Korea will shortly lift the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, making it the first Asian country to do so. The Boeing 737 MAX is scheduled to resume service on November 22, 2021.
South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) announced in an emailed statement to Bloomberg on November 19, 2021, that the decision to lift the ban came after a thorough examination of improvements made to the 737 MAX by the country’s transport ministry.
According to Boeing orders and deliveries data, Korean Air, the country’s flag carrier, has 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order, while Jeju Air, a low-cost carrier, has 40.
According to Planespotters.net, the low-cost carrier Eastar Jet now operates two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
After two catastrophic incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was grounded worldwide in March 2019. The plane was recertified for the first time in the United States and Brazil.
China is now one of the only major countries that have not yet certified the Boeing 737 MAX for commercial usage.