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WestJet's 737 Max to be first to return to Canadian skies after global grounding

WestJet says it will operate the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 Max in Canada since the aircraft was cleared to fly again in Canadian airspace.

Jet has been grounded for 2 years for safety review following deadly crashes

A WestJet Boeing 737 Max 8, right, is seen at the airline's Calgary hangar in 2019. (Mia Sheldon/CBC)

WestJet says it will operate the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 Max in Canada since the aircraft was cleared to fly again in Canadian airspace.

The flight will take off from Calgary on Thursday and land in Vancouver, where company executives will hold a press event, WestJet says.

Starting Friday, WestJet plans to fly the Max three times weekly between Calgary and Toronto.

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded in Canada for nearly two years following two deadly crashes that investigators said were caused by a faulty sensor system.

The Canadian government lifted its grounding order for the Max on Wednesday after approving a number of changes to the airplane's design, including allowing pilots to disable an alarm system found to be central to the crashes.

Max pilots will also be required to undergo additional training in flight simulators before they can operate the plane in Canadian airspace.

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