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Boeing’s 737 Max Comeback Nears With United Delivery, Gol Flight

  • Jetliner is poised for commercial return as soon as next week
  • Planemaker looks to restart cash machine after long flying ban
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Boeing Co. is closing in on two key milestones in the comeback of its 737 Max, according to people familiar with the matter: the jet’s return to regular service and the first delivery since U.S. regulators lifted a 20-month grounding.

United Airlines Holdings Inc. is expected to receive the first Max delivery since the flying ban was imposed in March 2019 after two deadly crashes, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are confidential. The plans are in flux and American Airlines Group Inc. may get the initial handover instead, they said, as Boeing seeks to start unlocking delivery payments.