A 737 Max has flown in UK for first time in over a year

TUI 737 Max 8 G-TUMA at Manchester Airport
TUI 737 Max 8 G-TUMA at Manchester Airport

A Tui Airways UK Boeing 737 Max is flying in UK airspace for the first time in over a year as it positioned from Tenerife to Birmingham (BHX/EGBB) via Malaga.

The flight using G-TUMF was given special dispensation to operate and was restricted to a maximum altitude of 18,000ft and had to route away from large cities and large areas of water.

It also operated as a positioning flight without passengers.

G-TUMF Flightplan
G-TUMF Flightplan

It is unclear the exact reason for the flight. TUI Airways UK’s other 737 Max aircraft are at Manchester Airport.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is currently assessing the aircraft for return to flight.

All 737 Max aircraft were grounded in March 2019 following two fatal accidents attributed to the flight control systems.

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