- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A Boeing 737 MAX jetliner on Friday flew for the first time.

The jet flew for about 2-1/2 hours after taking off from Renton, Washington, where it was built. The original 737 dates back to the 1960s, changing over the years with different sizes and seating configurations, different engines and longer range.

The MAX version is expected to provide better fuel efficiency than the models it’s replacing. The first flight marks the beginning of more than a year of flight tests to achieve federal certification of the airplane.

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