China takes delivery of a Boeing 737 MAX plane to show support for the struggling planemaker

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Boeing has delivered its first 737 MAX to a Chinese airline for the first time in nearly five years, according to flight data, in a rare bit of good news for the beleaguered company.

The delivery is seen as an important confirmation from a key market for the planemaker, whose reputation for safety and unparalleled quality in its commercial aircraft has taken a major hit following the accident. Terrifying accident On board a 10-week-old 737 MAX 9 on January 5.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar 24, China Southern Airlines flight CZ5073 departed from Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, bound for China via Honolulu. The use of the airline’s flight number, rather than Boeing’s, indicates that ownership of the aircraft has already been transferred.

boeing (Bachelor’s) declined to comment on the apparent delivery.

The plane, a 737 Max 8, was built in September 2019 and has been parked at Boeing’s Seattle factory since then, according to flight tracking sites Flightradar 24 and Aviation Flights.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the planes in March 2019 after 346 people died in two separate fatal accidents in Indonesia And Ethiopia. A safety feature meant to prevent the plane from climbing too quickly and stalling was found to have improperly forced the plane’s nose down, causing it to crash. CNN reported earlier.

Chinese aviation authorities instructed airlines in March 2019 to ground all of their 737 MAX 8 aircraft, citing the need for “strict control of safety risks.” This ban It has been uploaded In 2021, after the FAA approved the model, but no new shipments of the model have been delivered to China yet.

In December, trade publication Air Current said Boeing had received a key permit from China’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), allowing Boeing to prepare the Max jets for delivery, Reuters reported.

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