The Herald on Sunday

New Boeing gets set to take off


Boeing’s latest version of the 737 Max jetliner made its first test flight on Friday, taking off near Seattle for an expected two-hour trip that the company hopes will signal improving fortunes for its most important plane.

The Max 10 is a slightly larger version of Max jets that are already flying and can seat up to 230 passengers.

Chicago-based Boeing expects to begin delivering Max 10s to airlines in 2023.

Airlines began using the plane in 2017, but Max 8 and Max 9 planes were grounded for nearly two years after crashes in October 2018 and March 2019 killed a total of 346 people.

US regulators cleared the way for Max jets to resume flying late last year after Boeing made changes, including overhaulin­g flightcont­rol software that played a role in the crashes.

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