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Boeing 737 Max’s Europe Flight Test Still on Hold as FAA Moves Ahead

  • Covid-19 travel restrictions hamper scrutiny by EASA
  • EU flights of 737 Max are a prerequisite to Europe return
A Boeing Co. 737 max aircraft 

A Boeing Co. 737 max aircraft 

Photographer: Simon Dawson
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Travel restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to slow the re-certification process for Boeing Co.’s 737 Max in Europe, even after U.S. aviation regulators moved a step closer to allowing the grounded jet to fly again.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said it’s still working with Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to find a solution that would allow it to conduct its own test flights for the jet. None of the flights, a prerequisite for the Max’s return to service in Europe, have been scheduled.