- Airplane took off from Shanghai at 9:24 a.m.
- Landed at Zhoushan Putoushan Airport – Chinese language aviation blogs
- Boeing attempting to realize approval for 737 MAX return in China
- Hoping for Chinese language regulatory nod by year-end – Boeing CEO
BEIJING/SYDNEY, Aug 11 (Reuters) – A Boeing Co (BA.N) 737 MAX check aircraft took to the skies in China on Wednesday because the U.S. producer appears to be like to finish an almost two-and-a-half-year regulatory grounding of the mannequin in the important thing journey market.
Flight-tracking web site Flightradar24 confirmed a 737 MAX 7 check aircraft taking off from Shanghai’s Pudong Worldwide Airport at 9:24 a.m. (0124 GMT), with no vacation spot listed, flying in a south-easterly course.
The flight monitoring was incomplete, however pictures on Chinese language aviation blogs confirmed it landed at Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport, about 150 km (80 nautical miles) to the south, which trade sources advised Reuters was the anticipated vacation spot.
Boeing has a 737 MAX completion plant in Zhoushan to put in interiors and paint airplane liveries.
The 737 MAX check aircraft had left Seattle final week and arrived in Shanghai on Aug. 7 after refuelling stops in Honolulu and Guam. Reuters reported final week it was due for its first check flight in China on Aug. 11 if all went effectively. read more
Boeing mentioned it was persevering with to work with world regulators as they full their validation processes on the mannequin and declined to remark particularly on the check flight in China.
After flight testing, China’s regulator is anticipated to subject an plane analysis report and put it out for remark earlier than pilot coaching may start, a supply with information of the matter advised Reuters on situation of anonymity.
About 30 airways and 175 nations have allowed the 737 MAX to return to service following an almost two-year security ban after crashes 5 months aside killed 346 folks, plunging Boeing right into a monetary disaster since compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
Boeing’s 737 MAX stays grounded in China, the place commerce tensions between Washington and Beijing have minimize off gross sales for years, though Chief Government Dave Calhoun mentioned final month he nonetheless anticipated the 737 MAX to win approval earlier than year-end.
China’s aviation regulator beforehand issued three necessities for the 737 MAX’s return to service: licensed design modifications, adequate pilot coaching, and definitive findings from the crash investigations. read more
Earlier than the 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019, Boeing was promoting one quarter of the planes it constructed yearly to Chinese language consumers. For years, simmering tensions between Washington and Beijing have brought about uncertainty. read more
Reporting by Stella Qiu in Beijing and Jamie Freed in Sydney; extra reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Enhancing by Muralikumar Anantharaman, Stephen Coates and Raju Gopalakrishnan
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