Saturday, January 23, 2016

First Boeing 737 MAX Flight Expected Friday, January 29

By Staff / Published: January 23, 2016


Photo by Paul Thompson

As long as Mother Nature and other factors cooperate, the first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is expected to take to the skies over Washington on Friday, January 29.

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The 737 MAX has received over 3,000 orders from more than 60 customers worldwide; although the Airbus A320neo has received more orders than the MAX program, the Boeing 737 is still the world's best-selling commercial aircraft throughout history.


Photo by Paul Thompson

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Boeing's Board of Directors approved the 737 MAX program on August 30, 2011, and there are to be three variants of the 737 MAX: the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8, and 737 MAX 9. The first 737 MAX 8 is expected to be delivered to its launch customer, Southwest Airlines, sometime during the third quarter of this year as long as all flight testing goes according to plan.

The 737 MAX production has been moving fairly quickly; Boeing started building the first 737 MAX in June with final assembly occurring just a few months later. On December 8, the aircraft was rolled out.

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Photo courtesy of Boeing

Improvements to the MAX include the new CFM LEAP-1B engine. Boeing says the MAX will have an 8 percent lower operating cost than Airbus' A320neo family, thanks to fuel efficiency and maintenance advantages. This April rumors surfaced that the LEAP-1B was suffering from an underwhelming fuel burn performance of 4-5% during testing. The new split winglets on the MAX will save 1.8% more fuel than the current blended winglets by Aviation Partners, in service since 2004.

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Besides Boeing's announcement, it was also a big week for Airbus as it delivered its first A320neo to Lufthansa, and Lufthansa will fly the world's first A320neo flight on Sunday.

AirwaysNews will have live coverage of the first flight Friday, January 29 on Twitter and Facebook. Once departing from the Renton FAL, it will complete some initial flight testing over Washington state, and it will most likely return to Boeing Field where Boeing's flight test operations are based.

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