BUSINESS Boeing 737 MAX test flight takes off in China after 30 months of grounding


Boeing 737 MAX test flight takes off in China after 30 months of grounding

Global Times

20:45, August 11, 2021

Boeing 737 Max airplanes sit parked at the company's production facility on November 18, 2020 in Renton, Washington. (Photo: VCG)

A Boeing 737 MAX took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport for a certified test flight on Wednesday, marking the first time a 737 MAX plane has flown in China's airspace after nearly 30 months.

The 737 MAX departed from Shanghai on Wednesday morning and landed at Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport in Zhejiang Province, according to the airport's official Sina Weibo account, noting that the verification test lasted for almost two hours and the plane returned to Shanghai airport at 1:06 pm.

That is to say, the Boeing 737 MAX has officially applied for its airworthiness certification in China, which is one of the prerequisites for the aircraft to resume operations in the country.

The aircraft was grounded worldwide, following two tragic crashes in 2018 and 2019. Indonesia's Lion Air Flight 610 crashed on October 29, 2018, followed by another crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019, and 346 were killed in the two crashes.

A total of 97 Boeing 737 MAX planes were grounded by 13 Chinese airlines, the aviation news portal reported, adding that Boeing still has nearly 400 new 737MAX planes that have been built but yet to be delivered to carriers, of which a tenth are ordered by Chinese airlines.

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