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New Delhi: SpiceJet has brought back Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into operation after a gap of around two-and-a-half years. The airline celebrated the return to service of the 737 MAX with a special flight from New Delhi to Gwalior on Tuesday with the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh and Boeing India President Salil Gupte and senior aviation ministry officials and media persons on board.

The flight SG9945 took off at 2.50 pm from Delhi and landed at approximately 3.50 pm at the Gwalior airport.

“I am extremely excited to see the 737 MAX, the mainstay of our fleet, back into operations. The return of the MAX will be a game-changer for SpiceJet and allow us to offer a vastly superior flying experience to our passengers,” Singh said at a press conference before the special flight on Boeing 737 Max.

The airline has already started flying two Boeing 737 Max planes in India, and 11 more such aircraft will start flying in India in the next 15-20 days, he said.

All Max planes were grounded in India by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on March 13, 2019, three days after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max plane near Addis Ababa, which had left 157 people, including four Indians, dead.

After Boeing made necessary software rectifications in the last two and half years, the DGCA on August 26 this year lifted the ban on Max planes' commercial flight operations.



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