The latest generation of Boeing’s 737 Max takes to the skies for the first time.
Boeing’s newest version of the 737 Max airliner took to the skies for the first time on Friday, taking off near Seattle for a two-hour flight that the firm believes will indicate an improvement in the plane’s fortunes.
The Max 10 is a slightly larger version of the existing Max jets. It is designed to seat up to 230 passengers and will compete with Airbus’ A321neo in Europe.
Chicago-based Boeing anticipates starting deliveries of the Max 10 to airlines in 2023.
Boeing’s legendary 737 Max jets get better fuel economy than previous versions. Airlines began flying the jet in 2017, but it was grounded for over two years after three disasters between October 2018 and March 2019 killed a total of 346 people.
After Boeing made adjustments, including updating flight-control software that played a role in the crashes, US regulators cleared the way for Max jets to begin flying late last year.
About 100 new Max aircraft were grounded for many weeks this spring due to an unrelated issue with the electrical grounding of cockpit instruments.
Boeing Co suffered an 8.4 billion dollar loss last year due to the grounding of Max airplanes and lower demand for planes as a result of the epidemic.