17 APRIL 2017
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A comprehensive flight test programme leading to certification and delivery for the Boeing B737 MAX 9 kicked off last week as the aircraft took to the skies above Puget Sound outside Seattle on schedule for its first outing.
President and CEO of the company’s Commercial Airplanes division Kevin McAllister said: "The MAX 9's first flight is another milestone that continues the programme's strong track record of progress.
"This family of aircraft offers more value than any competitor and its strong market acceptance is reflected in more than 3,700 orders from 86 customers around the world."
The MAX 9 completed a successful 2hr 42min flight piloted by test and evaluation captains Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson, performing tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities. Deliveries are set to begin next year.
The aircraft is the second member of the 737 MAX family. It will have a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515nmi.
Programme vice-president and general manager Keith Leverkuhn said the 737 MAX family had been designed to offer airlines “exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency” to open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aeroplane in Boeing history, with more than 3,700 orders to date from 86 customers worldwide.
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