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Boeing 737 MAX spotted making loops over English Bay (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Kenneth Chan May 11, 2018 3:26 pm 35,636

Did you look up at the sky yesterday evening and see a large commercial jet being followed by a smaller plane?

Well, in case you’re wondering, you weren’t seeing things that weren’t there – and the smaller plane wasn’t a fighter jet escort.

Air Canada was filming a commercial for its Boeing 737 MAX, as the carrier is about to introduce an entire fleet of the new aircraft into service. The airline has 61 firm orders for the 737 MAX, with 18 aircraft scheduled to enter service by the end of the year and the remainder by 2021.

Online flight trackers indicate flight AC7169 made two loops over English Bay and Burrard Inlet, hugging the shoreline of West Point Grey and Kitsilano, just after 8 pm during the final leg of its journey.

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Air Canada Flight 7169 over Vancouver on May 10, 2018. (Flight Aware)

Some residents took to social media with photos and videos of the duo formation flying relatively low above them – at an altitude of only about 2,800 ft.

The aircraft made a loop around the South Coast of BC, leaving Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 6:35 pm and arriving at 8:30 pm. It spent a bit of time near Ucluelet and Tofino before flying northwards to perform several circles over Texada Island and returning to YVR.

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Air Canada Flight 7169 over Vancouver on May 10, 2018. (Flight Aware)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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