Boeing marked another milestone today by the debut of the first 737MAX-7 at the Renton factory in Washington, USA. The company rolled out the third and newest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family as thousands of employees celebrated the event.
According to Boeing, the jet is designed for up to 172 passengers and a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, which is the longest range of the MAX airplane family. The MAX-7 could fly 1,000 nautical miles farther and carry more passengers than its predecessor, the 737-700, while having 18 percent lower fuel costs per seat.
The first of the two MAX 7 test airplanes now will undergo system checks, fueling and engine runs on the flight line and will begin its flight testing program in the coming weeks.
The 737 MAX 7 is scheduled to enter service in 2019, following delivery to launch customer Southwest Airlines.
The entire 737 MAX family is designed to dominate the single-aisle market and has been successful in securing more than 4,300 orders from 92 customers worldwide.
In the 737MAX family, the 737MAX-8 entered service last year, the MAX-9 will start deliveries in the coming months, MAX-7 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the MAX-10 was launched at last year’s Paris Air Show and is scheduled to enter service in the 2020 timeframe.