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Boeing's woes create opening for Chinese and Russian rivals

COMAC and Irkut hurry debuts of alternative narrow-body aircraft to grounded 737 Max

The grounding of the 737 Max jets may have airliners searching for alternatives.   © Reuters

JAKARTA/BEIJING/MOSCOW -- The worldwide grounding of Boeing's 737 Max airliner has generated an opportunity for rivals in China and Russia to compete in the narrow-body aircraft market, with airlines rethinking the troubled American jet.

Second thoughts on orders for the 737 Max are arising, especially in Southeast Asia.

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