(Reuters) – A China Southern Airlines Co Ltd flight on a Boeing Co 737 MAX took off on Friday, flight tracking website FlightRadar24 showed, marking the first passenger service on the model by a Chinese airline since March 2019.
Here is a timeline of events surrounding the MAX:
MARCH 8 – The 737 MAX gains U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
MAY 22 – The MAX enters commercial service on Lion Air subsidiary Malindo Air.
OCT. 29 – A Lion Air MAX plane crashes in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
MARCH 10 – An Ethiopian Airlines MAX crashes, killing all 157 people on board.
MARCH 11 – China's aviation regulator becomes the first in the world to ground the MAX.
MARCH 13 – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration joins other major global regulators in grounding the MAX.
OCT. 6 – The FAA issues a draft report on revised training procedures for the MAX.
NOV. 18 – The FAA lifts the grounding order.
DEC. 29 – American Airlines makes the first passenger flight since the MAX was grounded.
JAN. 27 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency approves the MAX's return to service in Europe.
MARCH 1 – China's aviation regulator says its major safety concerns with the MAX had to be "properly addressed" before conducting flight tests.
APRIL 6 – China Southern subsidiary Xiamen Airlines says it has started technical modifications on its grounded MAX planes, though it does not have a timetable for the jet's return to service.
AUG. 11 – A Boeing MAX test plane flies in China as the manufacturer works with the regulator on its return.
NOV. 14 – China's aviation regulator tells airlines it is satisfied that proposed MAX design changes could resolve safety problems.
DEC. 3 – China's aviation regulator forecasts airlines will resume MAX commercial flights by the end of 2021 or in early 2022.
MARCH 15 – A MAX jet for Shanghai Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern, takes off from Seattle heading to Boeing's China completion plant.
MARCH 21 – A China Eastern 737-800 plane, the MAX's predecessor, crashes in China killing all 132 people on board.
JUNE 15 – A China Southern MAX conducts test flights for the first time since March.
JULY 2 – China's three biggest airlines agree to buy nearly 300 Airbus jets.
SEPT. 14 – China's aviation regulator meets with Boeing about the MAX's return.
SEPT. 15 – Boeing says it will begin to remarket some MAX jets earmarked for Chinese customers.
SEPT. 29 – China's aviation regulator certifies the COMAC C919 narrowbody jet, a homegrown rival to the MAX and Airbus A320neo families.
OCT. 19 – A MIAT Mongolian Airlines MAX flight lands in Guangzhou in the first commercial flight by the model to China since the March 2019 grounding.
OCT. 27 – China Southern schedules commercial flights with the MAX for Oct. 30.
OCT. 30 – China Southern cancels the planned MAX commercial flights.