11 JUNE 2012
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With the design frozen next year, a first flight planned for 2016 and deliveries to customers beginning in 2017, Boeing says it is well on the way with the 737 MAX. The aircraft is very much a subtle development of the NG series 737, itself an update of a product that first flew in 1967, 45 years ago. With Farnborough just weeks away Randy Tinseth, Vice President Marketing, has been in London updating the media regarding the new plane.
What Boeing is hammering home is the efficiency of the aircraft, both in terms of fuel burn, claimed to be 9% less per seat than the future competition, the reduced noise footprint, and a number of significant engineering improvements. Passengers will also benefit with the new Boeing Sky Interior.
The sharp-eyed will notice a revised tail design, the Advanced Technology winglet, and of course the engines themselves, larger than anything hitherto on a 737, but cleverly mounted in such a way that the aircraft hull remains in the same position above apron level.
Boeing emphasis that the current NG series has the best reliability of any aircraft in current service with a 99.7% dispatch record (within 15 minutes of scheduled time). www.boeing.com/commercial
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