Fuzhou Airlines (FU, Fuzhou) has returned one of its two B737-8s to scheduled passenger operations, with B-207C (msn 43567) now operating a daily Fuzhou - Zhengzhou roundtrip service. Fuzhou Airlines is the third China-based airline to bring the B737 MAX back into service.

ADS-B flight tracking data shows B-207C had undertaken a series of test flights from Fuzhou Airport since mid-January after re-positioning there from Haikou. On February 15, the airline slipped the aircraft back into service and it operated FU6581, a daily scheduled flight from Fuzhou to Zhengzhou. Later in the day, the plane operated FU6582 on the return leg. B-207C repeated the flights on February 16. According to ch-aviation fleets data, the carrier's second B737-8, B-207M (msn 43620), remains in storage at Xuzhou. That aircraft has no recent flight history.

Thirteen China-based airlines have the B737 MAX family in their fleets - a total of 80 planes. With Fuzhou Airlines resuming MAX flights, three of those airlines have began returning the type to service. China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) resumed limited B737-8 operations in mid-January and now has six in active service. Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) restarted MAX flights earlier this month but still has only one of its eleven B737-8s back in service.

Other operators include: 9 Air, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Donghai Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air (China), Okay Airways, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines. Ruili Airlines also has a sizeable order backlog but none of which have ever been delivered from Boeing (BOE, Washington National).