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Boeing Year-End Goal for 737 Max Return Gets Boost in Europe

  • EASA chief sees sign-off on grounded U.S. aircraft in November
  • Planemaker to add synthetic sensor on Max 10, retrofit others
Boeing 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing 737 MAX airplanes

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Boeing Co.’s push to return the grounded 737 Max jet to the skies by year-end got a boost from European regulators, who said they expect to sign off on their safety review by November.

Test flights and a separate round of simulator sessions conducted this month went well, Patrick Ky, executive director of European Union Aviation Safety Agency, told French reporters on Friday. EASA expects to lift its grounding shortly after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Ky said. He expects Chinese authorities to take longer to allow the plane back in the air.