MAIDEN FLIGHT OF BOE­ING 737 MAX 9

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In April this year, Boe­ing’s 737 MAX 9 pi­loted by Boe­ing Test & Eval­u­a­tion Cap­tains Chris­tine Walsh and Ed Wil­son, un­der­took its maiden flight suc­cess­fully. The air­craft took off from Ren­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Airport and landed at the nearby Boe­ing Field. The flight of the brand new 737 came around 50 years after the first flight of the first 737 April 09, 1967. The MAX 9 is the sec­ond vari­ant of the 737 MAX to en­ter pro­duc­tion and is sched­uled to be­gin de­liv­er­ies in 2018. The MAX 9 is pow­ered ex­clu­sively by CFM In­ter­na­tional’s LEAP-1B en­gines. Kevin McAl­lis­ter, Pres­i­dent & CEO, Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes said,

“The MAX 9’s first flight is an­other mile­stone that con­tin­ues the pro­gramme’s strong track record of progress. The MAX fam­ily of air­planes of­fers more value than any other com­peti­tor and its strong mar­ket ac­cep­tance is re­flected in over 3,700 air­planes on order from 86 cus­tomers around the world.” The 737 MAX 9 is the sec­ond mem­ber of Boe­ing’s in­dus­try lead­ing 737 MAX fam­ily, with a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 220 pas­sen­gers and a range of 3,515 nau­ti­cal miles. Keith Lev­erkuhn, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, 737 MAX pro­gramme, Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes, said “The 737 MAX team con­tin­ues to fire on all cylin­ders. Each new mile­stone we meet, builds knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence that gets lever­aged to keep the pro­gramme mov­ing for­ward on track.”

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