Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 completed it’s first flight today. The aircraft piloted by Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson completed a successful 2 hour, 42-minute flight, taking off from Renton Municipal Airport and landing the nearby Boeing Field.
The flight of the brand new 737 comes just around 50 years after the first flight of the first 737 which flew on 9th April 1967. The MAX 9 is the second varriant 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
“The MAX 9’s first flight is another milestone that continues the program’s strong track record of progress, The MAX family of airplanes offers more value than any competitor and its strong market acceptance is reflected in over 3,700 airplanes on order from 86 customers around the world.”
Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
“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 program moving forward on track.”