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China to take first 737 Max 'imminently'

Boeing has confirmed that its 737 Max has received certification for entry and operations in China, and that first deliveries will soon take place.

This follows a bilateral airworthiness agreement signed between China and the US earlier this month.

In response to queries from FlightGlobal, Boeing says that the agreement includes the vehicle type certification of new aircraft like the 737 Max to operate in China.

"Thus, as the Max is now certified to operate in China, the first deliveries to China will now take place imminently."

The manufacturer would not say how many of the re-engined narrowbody it intends to deliver to China this year or name the carrier that will take the first aircraft.

Flight Fleets Analyzer, however, suggests that Air China will take its first two 737 Max 8s on 31 October. These two jets are registered B-1396 and B-1397.

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