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China Suspended All Boeing 737MAX Operations

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On the morning of the 10th, a Boeing 737-MAX 8 passenger plane crashed and all 157 people onboard were killed. The Chinese Embassy confirmed that eight of them were Chinese citizens. At present, the black box of the crashed passenger aircraft has still not been found, but since the incident was the second air crash in the same model within half a year, the outside world suspected or related to the system problem of the Boeing 737-MAX passenger aircraft.

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Due to the unusual subduction and climb of the passenger plane before the accident, it was similar to the situation happened to Malaysian Lion Air before. It is doubtful that this air crash is the same as the last time, which is caused by the system problem of the passenger aircraft itself. But at present, the black box of the aircraft has not been found, and the authorities are also investigating the specific reasons for the crash.

Reporter from People’s Daily learned from the CAAC that airlines had received a verbal notice from the Civil Aviation Authority that all Boeing 737MAX aircraft had been parked for one day and temporarily suspended on the 11th. There is no clear notice of how to proceed.

There is no domestic airline flying Boeing 737 MAX in China’s airspace. The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft currently flying in the Asia-Pacific region are mainly from the two airlines, Lion Air and Silk Air.

3月10日,埃塞俄比亚航空一架波音737-8飞机发生坠机空难,这是继去年10月29日印尼狮航空难事故之后,波音737-8飞机发生的第2起空难。

  鉴于两起空难均为新交付不久的波音737-8飞机,且均发生在起飞阶段,具有一定的相似性,本着对安全隐患零容忍、严控安全风险的管理原则,为确保中国民航飞行安全,3月11日9时,民航局发出通知,要求国内运输航空公司于2019年3月11日18时前暂停波音737-8飞机的商业运行。

  民航局将联系美国联邦航空局和波音公司,在确认具备有效保障飞行安全的有关措施后,通知各运输航空公司恢复波音737-8飞机的商业运行。

– CAAC

This is all very sad, here’s the information of passengers nationaities many of the media hasn’t discloused in details.


As of now, there are 96 B737 MAX aircrafts in mainland China operated by 13 different airlines. As a result of the supsension notice by CAAC, 355 flights on 246 routes will be affected, of which, 256 flights will be replaced by other 737NG aircraft models, and 29 flights will be cancelled, all the rest remain undetermined.

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SAS Resume Once Weekly Flight To Shanghai With A350

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From 29 September, Scandinavian Airlines will once again be possible to fly direct to China. Direct flights between Scandinavia and China with SAS has been stopped since 31 January. The airline has obtained approval from the Chinese authorities and is reopening the route from its hub from Copenhagen to Shanghai with a weekly frequency.


SAS will resume flights from Copenhagen Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport on September 29, 2020. The flight runs once a week from Copenhagen to Shanghai every Tuesday and from Shanghai to Copenhagen every Thursday. This route will use our brand new Airbus 350 to fly. The Airbus 350 has advanced engines and cabins, which can reduce emissions by 30% compared to the models it replaces. The specific flight schedule is as follows:

  • SK997 takes off from Copenhagen at 18:40 and arrives in Shanghai at 10:55+1 (the next day)
  • SK998 Departs from Shanghai at 13:10 and arrives at Copenhagen at 18:30

The reopening of this route is vital for trade. 

With the reopening of the route, SAS is aiming to meet demand for business travel and air freight services between Scandinavia and China.

At the end of October, SAS is also planning to resume flights to Beijing provided that SAS obtains the necessary approval from the authorities.


SAS is currently flying to 75 destinations and operates up to 380 flights a day. 

SAS is monitoring market developments on a weekly basis and is ready to step up its services when travel restrictions are eased and demand for travel increases again. 

SAS has introduced a range of measures aimed at meeting new demands in the work to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please find more information here.


SAS Business Class Cabin Bar
SAS Business Class Cabin Bar

Regarding Onboard Service:

SAS Gold airport lounge at Copenhagen Airport is now open and has been adjusted according to the current situation, providing some packaged food and some buffet meals. SAS have also stepped up cleaning efforts and focused on maintaining a safe distance and reducing contact.

During the flight, meals and beverages are being provided no matter which class you are in, passengers can enjoy two meals during the flight, however, the bar in business class was temporarily closed during this period. The catering services will be different from the past due to pandemic restrictions.



SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, flies 30 million passengers to, from and within Scandinavia each year. The airline has three main hubs – Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm – with more than 125 destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainable values, SAS will reduce total carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025 and use sustainable aviation fuel equivalent to the total fuel used to operate all SAS domestic flights, by 2030.

In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founder member of the Star AllianceTM, and together with its partner airlines offers around 19,000 daily flights to over 1,300 destinations worldwide.

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