29 января 2016г. в Рентоне (шт. Вашингтон) взлетел новый среднемагистральный пассажирский самолет Boeing 737 MAX 8, оснащенный новейшими двигателями CFM International LEAP-1B, усовершенствованными законцовками крыла Advanced Technology и рядом новых бортовых систем. Ожидается, что Boeing 737 MAX 8 будет потреблять на 20% меньше топлива, чем первые модели Boeing 737 NG (Next Generation), а также иметь сниженные на 8% эксплуатационные расходы на одного пассажира по сравнению с Airbus A320neo. Первая поставка запланирована на третий квартал 2017 г. в американскую компанию Southwest Airlines
The first Boeing 737 MAX, N8701Q (c/n 42554), named Spirit of Renton, climbed to 25,000ft during its first flight, with its route taking it to the west of Seattle.
Boeing is targeting the first 737 MAX delivery to Southwest Airlines for the third quarter of 2017.
The larger fan size of the MAX 8’s CFM LEAP-1B engines relative to the CFM56-7BS on the 737NG is evident in this photo. The LEAP-1 B’s fan diameter is 69.4in (1,760mm).
There are now three aircraft, including N8703J pictured here on a flight in the United States, involved in testing the 737 MAX 8. High altitude trials at El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia were recently undertaken.
N8704Q, also known as Airplane 4, is used for function and reliability testing.
Airplane 4 is carrying out what Boeing calls “right at first flight" test work, which involves turning the aircraft as a line operator would in normal daily operations.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 N8702LL (c/n 36989) is one of the four flight test MAX aircraft and is used to test performance. The other jets respectively test stability/control, systems/engines, and functionality/reliability.
Among the key differences in the 737 MAX are the CFM International LEAP-1B engines and the Advanced Technology Winglets, both visible in this photo as the aircraft departs Renton.
N8702L is used for performance testing. It is pictured departing El Alto International Airport in La Paz during the aircraft’s deployment there for high-altitude take-off tests.
The initial test flight, which started here at Renton Field and ended at nearby Boeing Field, lasted two hours and 47 minutes.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 N8702L (c/n 36989) undertaking water spray testing in Glasgow, Montana. Test pilots took the jet through the standing water to show engineers where the water hit the MAX as it passed through the trough and whether the water was ingested into the CFM International LEAP-1B engines. Community noise testing was also carried out at Glasgow. A Boeing spokesman told AIR International that tests simulating revenue service also continue. Certification is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 and service entry in the first half of the year.
N8703J (Airplane 3), pictured at Moses Lake, is used for propulsion and systems tests.
A rare shot of all four MAX 8 flight test aircraft together. These aircraft are increasingly focused on certification testing ahead of the planned first-half 2017 certification for the aircraft.
Spirit of Renton’s colour scheme has the liveries of many of the 60 customers that have ordered the MAX.
The first 737 MAX 8, Spirit of Renton, following roll-out.
The 737 MAX cockpit looks very similar to the 737NG, but new features include four 15.1 in LCD multifunction screens and new data collection and storage capabilities.
The CFM LEAP-1B engines provide an 11% reduction in fuel use compared to the CFM56-7Bs, Boeing says.
The Advanced Technology Winglet is set to provide a 1.8% reduction in fuel burn compared to the Blended Winglets that feature on the 737NG.
Advanced Technology Winglets will save 1.8% more fuel than current-generation winglets.
Malaysia Airlines' recent order for 25 Boeing 737 MAXs symbolises the changing focus of the carrier towards its home region.
One of the two 737 MAX 8s for Southwest Airlines that emerged from the Renton paint shop in June 2016.
Following production by Spirit AeroSystems in Kansas, the first 737 MAX fuselage arrived at Renton in August 2015.
Machine operator Les Nystrom toads wing skin panels and stringers for the first 737 MAX on the new panel assembly line at Renton.
The 737 MAX's cockpit will include data collection systems designed to speed up maintenance.
In its 737 MAX fleet Thomson plans to introduce what it describes as social seating. This includes a Family Booth concept with space for four to six people sitting around a table at the back of the aircraft.
Norwegian Air Shuttle was the first European customer for the 737 MAX, committing to 100 MAX 8s in January 2012.
An artist's impression of the new Boeing 737 MAX 200, of which Ryanair is the launch customer, with 100 firm orders and 100 options.
Boeing 737 MAX 8s and MAX 9s will arrive into the Icelandair fleet from 2018. The airline plans to use them to supplement its 757s.
Qatar Airways has signed a Letter of Intent for 60 examples of the 737 MAX 8.
21 мая 2014г. пресс-служба «Боинга» объявила, что заключен контракт с таиландской авиакомпанией Nok Airlines Public Company Limited на семь новых «суперэффективных» пассажирских лайнеров Boeing 737 МАХ.