The Boeing 737 MAX takes to the skies again: after more than a year on the ground, the plane makes its first test flight

It seemed like it was never going to happen to date, but it finally happened: 737 MAX completes first test flight after more than a year without permission to fly the world. And this ban is still in place for the moment, but this first test flight will serve to regain certification and resume.

According to Reuters, in the past few hours Boeing Flight 701 took off from King County International Airport near Seattle. As we can see on FlightRadar24, after two hours and three minutes in the air, the plane landed at Moses Lake, another airport in Washington State in the United States.

During this first flight, several pilots and FAA agents from the United States tested the aircraft to see that the modifications made in recent months allow the aircraft to function properly. Now is the time to analyze the flight data in detail and perform more flight tests in the coming weeks.

Boeing 737 MAX route according to FlightRadar24 data.

Although Boeing carried out the first flight tests of the 737 MAX after last year’s incidents, there is still time for us to see them exploit commercially. It is estimated that at least until September, all necessary tests and verifications will be carried out as long as the American FAA or European EASA approves the return certification.

The complicated way to get here

The last 15 months They were certainly eventful for Boeing. It all started in March 2019 when two fatal accidents in less than five months triggered all the alarms. Government agencies immediately immobilized him. From there, investigations started and mistakes started to happen. The first of the software aimed to be the cause of the tragedies, then another was found and even a third error. They even had to change all the electrical wiring.


Meanwhile, there have been extravagant situations such as seeing several Boeing 737 MAXs parked in parking lots. They also had to stop production of the aircraft earlier in the year and only a month ago resumed production.

The 737 MAX incident caused the biggest Boeing crisis in over a hundred years of history the company. The loss of income linked to the loss of its flagship aircraft has shaken the American manufacturer. Now it looks like everything will be back to normal.

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