Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have reportedly been allowed to conduct flight tests in China today; Wednesday (11/8/2021). This was done after the plane was grounded for two and a half years.
Quoting CNBC International; Wednesday (11/8/2021); flight tracking site Flightradar24 showed the Boeing 737 MAX-7 plane taking off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 09:24 local time.
Flight tracking was incomplete; but photos on China’s aviation blog showed the plane landed at Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport; about 150km south of Shanghai.
Boeing said it was continuing to work with global regulators as they completed their validation process on the mid-body model in China.
After flight testing; Beijing regulators are to issue an evaluation report of the aircraft and provide comments before pilot training can resume.
Previously; the Boeing 737 MAX cannot fly in several countries after two fatal accidents happened to the aircraft unit. First; the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed in October 2018 in the Java Sea. Then followed the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019. Both of these accidents killed all the passengers on the plane.
Then in November 2020; the US regulator FAA again gave the medium-bodied aircraft permission to fly again.
In Indonesia; this plane was ordered by Garuda and Lion Air. Garuda ordered 50 units of the fleet while Lion Air Group brought around 200 of Boeing’s newest iron bird.