SEATTLE—The first 737-9, the second member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family, made its first flight from the company’s Renton, Washington, facility on April 13, marking the start of a planned nine-month flight test and certification campaign. The flight, which occurred just four days after the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the prototype 737-100 in 1967, was achieved five days ahead of the schedule set when the program was launched in 2011 and marks another key milestone ...

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