A Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger plane took off at Renton Municipal Airport near Renton, Washington, on March 22, 2019.
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The Federal Aviation Administration began certification flight of Boeing 737 Max aircraft on Monday, which is an important step towards allowing the aircraft to resume service after more than two fatal accidents a year.
In the afternoon trading before the flight started, Boeing shares rose more than 8%, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The FAA said in a statement: “The FAA is seriously considering procedures and will spend time to thoroughly review Boeing’s work. Only after we are confident that the aircraft meets certification standards will we cancel the grounding order. .”
The first flight departed from Seattle at 10 am Pacific time, and the other flights were scheduled in about three days. The FAA said: “The tests were conducted by pilot pilots and engineers from the FAA and Boeing.”
Regulators’ evaluation of the aircraft will continue for several weeks, and Boeing expects them to resume commercial operations by late autumn. The FAA said at the weekend that other steps include an international assessment of minimum pilot training requirements.
The FAA said in a report to members of Congress on Sunday: “It is important to note that taking this step does not mean that the FAA has completed its compliance assessment or service-related restoration. Other work.” “The FAA has not decided whether to resume service. After completing the certification flight, we still have many steps to do.”
After being suspended earlier this year, Boeing resumed aircraft production late last month.
Although there are still a large backlog of orders, Boeing has recorded dozens of customer cancellations. Boeing and airline executives have said that the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to mean that travel demand for many years is lower than usual, which may further damage the demand for new aircraft.