Boeing 737 MAX test flight for China’s regulator a success – exec

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  • Boeing to fly to China’s aviation regulator in August
  • Chinese regulators working on data, finalizing reports
  • Planner hopeful flight ban will be lifted by year’s end
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ZHUHAI, China, Sep 29 (Businesshala) – The Boeing Co. (BA.N) 737 MAX test flight was successful last month and planners expect the two-year grounding to be lifted this year, according to Boeing. The head of China business said on Wednesday.

“It went off without a hitch,” said Sherry Carbury, president of Boeing China, on the sidelines of Airshow China, the country’s biggest air show.

Carbury said Boeing is working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as it works through the data and finalizes the report before deciding whether the aircraft can be returned to service. Or not.

The ban, which has been lifted in the West and several Asian countries, could be eased in China around November, people close to the matter have told Businesshala.

“We expect it to be by the end of the year,” Carbury said, declining to be more specific. “It’s up to the CAAC. But I can tell you we’re doing everything we can to support them and we’re encouraged by how closely they’re working with us.”

Before the 737 MAX was shut down after two fatal crashes in March 2019, Boeing was selling a quarter of the planes it built to Chinese buyers.

The company’s sales to China have also been affected by US-China trade tensions.

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Tuesday that the Chinese government is preventing its domestic airlines from buying “tens of billions of dollars” of Boeing planes.

Carberry declined to comment directly, but he said free and fair trade was important to enable Boeing to deliver its planes around the world.

“I think right now there are some competing issues between our two governments on some sensitive issues that are legitimate and both countries need to work on them,” she said.

Reporting by Stella Qiu and David Kirton in Zhuhai; Written by Jamie Freed. Editing by Gary Doyle

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