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Boeing's 737 MAX 7 lifts off for the first time. EASA says the aircraft family could be approved for European operation by the end of 2020. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Chuyi Chuang)

Boeing’s Newest MAX Variant Takes to the Skies for the First Time

The smallest variant of Boeing’s 737 MAX family, the 737 MAX 7, earned its wings on Friday as it successfully took to the skies for the first time. The newest MAX aircraft departed Renton Field at 10:17 a.m. and was the focus of countless enthusiasts and members of the press gathered at the airport to see the historic first flight for the aircraft piloted by Captain Jim Webb, who was just promoted to the 737 model’s chief pilot, and Keith Otsuka, both…