13 MARCH 2017
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The Dash-8 version of the Boeing B737 MAX was cleared to fly by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week when it was certified for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for deliveries later this year.
Norwegian Air Shuttle is expected to be one of the first airlines to put the 162-seat aircraft into service, before launch customer Southwest Airlines, which was first to order the MAX but is taking longer to schedule its operation.
To earn certification, Boeing undertook a comprehensive test programme beginning more than a year ago with four aircraft, plus ground and laboratory testing.
The 737 MAX 8 is the first in the family to be developed and is aimed at meeting customer demand in the single-aisle market. Boeing says the aircraft reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions by an additional 14% over the most fuel-efficient single-aisle models.
It is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, with more than 3,600 orders to date from 83 customers worldwide.
The MAX 8 and 9 will be followed in 2019 by the smaller MAX 7 and higher capacity MAX 200, while studies and discussion continue with customers on growing the family.
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Malcolm Ginsberg, Lonson
CFM International LEAP-1B engines,
John Davidson, Paris, France
It would be nice to know what engines these planes will use. What options there are (CFM, RR, P&W, etc.)