The Boeing 737 MAX has achieved first flight. A 737 MAX 8 flight test aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, took off from Renton, Washington, at 9:48 am local time Jan. 29 in rainy conditions. The flight is slated to land at Boeing Field in Seattle. [The flight landed at 12:32 pm.] The re-engined 737 MAX is scheduled to enter service with Southwest Airlines next year. First flight was achieved just days after the Airbus A320neo, the MAX’s direct competitor, entered ...

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