Confident Boeing prepares to deliver first revamped Max models this summer
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 0:41
The MAX 9 will begin flight tests next month.
If you were an airline planning to buy a lot of new single aisle jets Boeing's 737 MAX family might be of slightly confused interest this week. The 737 MAX 8 type-certification test program including flight-testing four aircraft, plus ground and laboratory testing.
Separately, Boeing expects to receive type certification of the 737 Max 8 "imminently", Leverkuhn says.
As well as 16 more seats than the incredibly popular 737 MAX 8, it offers lower trips costs than the competition, the lowest trip costs, which minimizes the risk airlines take on as they grow.
"The question to ask is, would Boeing even be considering the (737) MAX 10, if it weren't for the A321neo", he said at the ISTAT Americas air finance conference.
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Boeing claims the third generation of its venerable 737 reduces fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 14 percent over competing narrowbody airliners, which would include Airbus.
The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 9 is the second member of the 737 MAX family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles.
Meanwhile Boeing's 737 Max 8 is due to begin delivery in the second quarter of this year, which will be followed by the smaller Max 7 and higher-capacity Max 200.
According to Boeing, the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft in the company's history, so far garnering over 3,600 orders from 83 customers worldwide.