Boeing has begun “return to service” modification work on the five B737 Max in India that now-defunct Jet Airways had in its fleet. Once complete, the two foreign lessors of these five planes will seek India’s nod to either fly them to their home countries or to new customers abroad. This aircraft is barred from flying in or over India since March 2019.
The B737 Max was grounded globally following two deadly crashes in March 2019. At that time, two airlines had this aircraft in India — five with Jet and 13 with SpiceJet. In the past few months, the aviation regulators of US, Europe and some other countries have allowed the Max to fly again after carrying out modifications approved by them in both the software and hardware of this aircraft. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to approve the changes and allow the Max to fly again either within; to; from or over (overfly) the country.
“A Boeing technical team is carrying out the return to service program for the five Max that were leased by erstwhile Jet Airways. This work has not started on the 13 Max of SpiceJet, which has not been paying lease rentals for these planes,” said multiple people in the know.