China Southern cancels planned return of Boeing 737 MAX flights

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (600029.SS) has cancelled plans for two Boeing Co (BA.N) 737 MAX flights on Sunday that would have represented the model’s return of travelers flying in China after over three years, as per the airline’s website.

The 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia however has gotten back to service around the world except for China and Russia after adjustments to the aircraft and pilot training.

China Southern had planned departures from its Guangzhou hub to Zhengzhou and Wuhan, Reuters investigated Thursday.

The airline’s website and flight tracking website FlightRadar24 showed the flights had been cancelled.

On Wednesday, Boeing said it had one more 138 planes made for Chinese carriers that were in the US waiting to be delivered, however it had started remarketing the jets to different carriers offered there were no concrete signs that Chinese airlines would acknowledge the planes in the close to term.

Earlier this month, a 737 MAX flight by MIAT Mongolian Airlines arrived in Guangzhou, denoting the first commercial flight by the model in China beginning around 2019.