BEIJING/SYDNEY—A Boeing Co. 737 MAX made its first passenger flight in China in nearly four years on Friday.
The China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd domestic flight from Guangzhou to Zhengzhou departed at 0445 GMT using a MAX plane, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.
The best-selling Boeing model was grounded in March 2019 after fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, but returned to service around the world starting in late 2020 after modifications to the aircraft and pilot training.
“Boeing continues to work with global regulators and customers to safely return the 737 MAX to service worldwide,” the planemaker said.
China is the last major market to resume flying the MAX amid ongoing trade tensions with the United States, and the return comes as domestic travel demand rebounds after the Chinese regime abandoned zero-COVID policies….