On the Boeing Front
The 737 MAX Gains Momentum
On February 5th Boeing rolled out the first 737 MAX 7, the third member of the MAX family to come down the line in Renton.
The MAX 7 is slightly stretched compared to the 737-700, giving customers the capacity to fly 12 more passengers even farther. The airplane will have the longest range of any member of the MAX family at 3,850 nm. What’s most impressive about the MAX 7 is its ability to offer exceptional performance at high altitude airports and hot climate.
Global airlines holding orders for the 737 MAX 7, as of January 1, 2017 include Kunming Airlines of China for 10, Southwest Airlines for 30, WestJet of Canada for 23 and Jetliner of Canada for 5.
On February 16th the Boeing 737 MAX 9 has gained FAA certification, clearing the way for the second variant in the MAX family to enter commercial service.
The MAX 9 has a maximum capacity of 220 passengers in a single-class configuration, 10 more seats than the MAX 8. The MAX 9’s maximum range of 3,335 nm is the same as the MAX 8, although the 9 needs an auxiliary fuel tank to reach this range.
Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group.
Finally, Boeing’s MAX 10 reached a major milestone as the MAX program completed firm configuration on the airplane.
Source : Boeing/Boeing Pictures
Written by: Edward Kaplanian