Boeing in talks for 737 Max validation flight in China, report says

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What’s up: Aviation giant Boeing and Chinese regulators are discussing details of a validation flight in China for the company’s 737 Max jets, which have been grounded for more than two years after two crashes involving the model, reported Bloomberg.

As part of the plan, around 35 pilots and engineers could travel to China to meet with regulators in late July, the report said, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Despite the move, lifting the ban on one of Boeing’s most popular planes could still take months, the report added.

What is the background: China was the first country to bring its fleet of 737 Max to a standstill shortly after the fatal crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia in March 2019. The crash came just months after another 737 flight crashed. Max in Indonesia.

Subsequent investigations revealed that malfunctions in aircraft flight control systems were partly responsible for the accidents.

Boeing has since made changes to the aircraft, and the United States became the first to lift the ground immobilizer last November and more than 170 countries have followed suit. China said in March it still had “major concerns” about the model, although some have speculated that politics could be a factor in the protracted peg amid recent tensions with the United States. .

Related: China Still Has ‘Top Concerns’ Over Boeing’s 737 Max

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