Following the fatal crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 on 10 March 2019, Civil Aviation Administration of China requested all its domestic carriers to suspend the operations of MAX 8 planes.
According to the statement, domestic airlines of China are obliged to ground MAX 8 aircraft until 6 PM 11 March 2019. Flight tracking websites already show Chinese airlines substituting MAX 8 aircraft with other planes on Monday morning.
The statement also said that China will resume the operations of its MAX 8 aircraft after contacting the US Federal Aviation Administration as well as the Boeing company and ”confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety”.
Chinese state-run media reports indicate that in total there are 97 MAX 8 aircraft in servicewhich will be grounded. In fact, Chinese carriers are among the biggest Boeing customers