Boeing restarts 777 and 787 deliveries to China, 737 MAX set to resume soon

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Boeing has been given the green light to resume deliveries of 777 freighters and 787 Dreamliners to China after deliveries were halted by the aviation regulator, according to Reuters.  

Delivery of new Boeing aircraft was stopped in May 2024, for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to conduct a review of batteries used in the 25-hour cockpit voice recorder. 

Reuters said that a source familiar with the matter told the news organization that delivery of widebody aircraft would restart in the next few days.  

Clearance to resume deliveries of 737 MAX aircraft is expected in a matter of weeks, according to Bloomberg.  

The development will no doubt be warmly received by Boeing as the hold-up was adding to its financial misfortunes following a reduction in aircraft production at its factories. 

According to, as of January 2024, there were 206 737 MAX jets waiting to be delivered to Chinese carriers. 

Carriers awaiting delivery of 737 MAXs includes Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Hainan Airlines.  

Earlier this month there were reports that Airbus was holding discussions with a variety of Chinese airlines regarding the potential sale of more than 100 A330neo widebody aircraft. 

It was speculated that while China was halting imports from Boeing, Airbus may be seizing the opportunity to present more attractive terms to the Chinese airlines to purchase A330neos.   

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