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Boeing’s workhorse 737 MAX jet could return to service in China, after being cleared by regulators in December, later this month, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

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Martin Baccardax

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Jan 13, 2022 7:54 AM EST

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Jan 13, 2022

Boeing  (BA) – Get Boeing Company Report shares jumped higher Thursday amid reports the planemaker’s 737 MAX jet could return to service in China, the world’s biggest market, later this month.

Bloomberg News reported the plan is set to resume flights in the coming weeks, but no firm date has been set for its maiden commercial flight following nearly three years of grounding by authorities in Beijing. 

China’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) issued an “airworthiness directive” on December 2 that provided instructions to airline operators as to what changes are required from the 737 MAX before the planes can be included in fleet operations. 

The CAAC, which grounded the MAX in 2019 following the deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, invited domestic carriers to comment on changes to the aircraft’s aviation control system software and display last month after concluding it was satisfied with Boeing’s modification efforts.

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Boeing shares were marked 2.5% higher in pre-market trading to indicate an opening bell price of $222.85 each, a move that would still leave the stock with a six-month decline of around 2.5%.

Boeing said Tuesday that it closed out 2021 with net orders of 535 aircraft, just ahead of the 507 booked by its European rival Airbus. 

Earlier this fall, Boeing said China, the world’s second-largest economy but the largest aircraft market, would likely need 8,700 new airplanes over the next two decades, a figure that translates to overall sales of around $1.47 trillion.

A further $1.8 trillion will likely be needed to service both its existing and future fleet additions over the next 20 years, Boeing said.

Boeing’s 2021 Market Outlook, its annual analysis of long-term market dynamics, sees overall demand for around 43,610 over the next two decades, a figure that represents around $7.2 trillion in value but is down from its 2019 forecast of 44,040. 

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