Boeing’s next step in testing 737 Max: Operating it like an airline

  • Boeing pilots are flying the 737 Max as part of the company’s latest step in testing new software in the aircraft.
  • The flights are the latest indication Boeing may be getting close to a recertification flight.
  • The airplane was grounded in March of last year following the second of two Max crashes that killed 346 people.

Boeing said it has begun flying a 737 Max plane with new software as a test to see how the plane functions when it is operated as a Max would be in an airline fleet. In a statement explaining the flights, the company said: “These non-commercial test flights with a small test team on board will exercise short and long-haul flights, seeking out weather and altitude conditions that will help satisfy specific test conditions for the updated software. These are not certification flights.”

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