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 upwards-facing aerofoil on the AT Winglet vectors the inward, upward and slightly forward lift components of the airflow around the wing and the lower aerofoil generates a further vertical lift component that is vectored away from the fuselage and slightly forwards.
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.
The 737 MAX is similar to the 737NG in many respects but also has some innovations including the LEAP-1B engines and AT Winglets.
The 737 MAX 8 is just over 129ft (39m) long, with a 117ft (36m) wingspan and a maximum take-off weight of 181,200 lb (82,191 kg).
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.
Boeing is promising the 737 MAX 8 will burn 14% less fuel compared to a 737NG, with the LEAP-1B engines contributing 11% of the reduction.
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.
Aircraft N8703J (1A003, c/n cn 42556) was the systems performance test 737 MAX 8, which tested all of the aircraft’s systems, including autoland.
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.
The 69.4in fan diameter on the LEAP-1B engines meant that Boeing had to extend the nose landing gear by 8in to ensure sufficient ground clearance.
This jet, N8703J (airplane 3, c/n 42556), is one of four aircraft that has been used for flight and certification testing of the 737 MAX 8, 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 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.
The first 737 MAX 8, Spirit of Renton, following roll-out.
Boeing 737 MAX 7 N7201S is the first of two examples of the smallest-capacity 737 MAX variant, which will be used for flight testing before service entry.
Boeing has pitched the 737 MAX 9 at operators who want extra capacity on high-density routes that need more seat rows than the MAX 8.
The first Boeing 737 MAX 9 N7379E (c/n 42987) at Renton on the day of roll-out.
The first 737 MAX 9, N7379E (c/n 42987), during its first flight on April 13, 2017. This jet and a second will undertake the variant's certification testing this year and into 2018.
Boeing has received US Federal Aviation Administration approval for the 737 MAX 9. Lion Air will be the first operator.
The 737 MAX 9 will be able to accommodate between 180 and 204 seats, three more rows longer than the 737 MAX 8. The aircraft has the same fuselage length as the 737-900ER.
Boeing has secured 361 orders for the 737 MAX 10, which will be able to accomodate up to 230 passengers.
The first Boeing 737 MAX 7 photographed during its first flight on March 16, 2018.
Air Canada's first Boeing 737 MAX 8 arriving at Toronto Lester B Pearson International Airport as ACA7168 early in the morning on November 2, 2017, from Kelowna, ready to commence flight training after its delivery flight from Boeing Field on October 31.
Malindo Air, which is to be rebranded to Batik Air, was first to put the 737 MAX 8 into service with services between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Malindo Air is set to be the 737 MAX 8’s launch customer, but the aircraft of several other operators - including flyDubai’s first example, A6-MAX (c/n 60966) have been parked at Renton.
Boeing has delivered Icelandair's first 737 MAX 8, TF-ICE (c/n 44353), pictured departing Seattle bound for Reykjavik. This is the first of 16 737 MAX family aircraft Icelandair will receive. The airline's plans call for two more deliveries in 2018 before six in 2019, five in 2020 and two in 2021.
The first Boeing 737 MAX 8 for a central and eastern European airline was delivered to LOT Polish Airlines early in December. The aircraft, SP-LVA (c/n 64067), leased from the Air Lease Corporation, is the first of six 737 MAX aircraft that will enter service with the Polish carrier by April 2020. Boeing has also recently delivered the initial 737 MAX 8 to a Latin American carrier, with the handover of the first aircraft to Aerolineas Argentinas early in December 2017.
Malaysia Airlines' recent order for 25 Boeing 737 MAXs symbolises the changing focus of the carrier towards its home region.
Norwegian’s 737 MAX 8 EI-FYA (c/n 42826) is to receive a tail decal depicting the low-cost long-haul pioneer Sir Freddie Laker, reflecting how the carrier will use its new 737 MAX 8s on transatlantic services to the eastern United States.
Oman Air's Boeing 737 MAX A40-MA powered by CFM56 engines.
Singapore Airlines’ regional arm SilkAir’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8, 9V-MBA (c/n 44246), departed Seattle on September 28, 2017. It arrived in Singapore via Guam on October 1 and was officially inaugurated three days later. The airline will introduce a new Singapore-Hiroshima route with the aircraft. SilkAir signed for 37 737 MAXs in November 2012 as part of a 54-aircraft deal including 17 Next Generation 737-800s.
Industry consultancy IBA says the leasing market for single-aisle narrowbodies is booming. This Boeing 737 MAX 8 OK-SWA (c/n 43555) was delivered to the Czech operator Travel Service earlier this year on lease from GECAS.
One of the two 737 MAX 8s for Southwest Airlines that emerged from the Renton paint shop in June 2016.
One of the first Southwest 737 MAX aircraft, N8705Q (c/n 42558), at Boeing’s Renton facility in January 2017. Norwegian will be first to put the 737 MAX 8 into service, but with 200 737 MAX 8s on order, Southwest will be one of the major operators of the updated 737.
JANUARY 2018 SAW Southwest Airlines exercise options to buy 40 more 737 MAX 8s and defer deliveries of 23 smaller 737 MAX 7s. Southwest said the new purchase would, "support future growth opportunities and fleet modernisation at favourable economics". The airline will now receive a further 15 737 MAX 8s in 2019 and 25 in 2020. Deliveries of the 23 737 MAX 7s have been pushed back from 2019 through 2021 to 2023 (12 aircraft) and 2024 (the other 11 jets).
United Airlines will receive 100 737 MAX 10s, although these orders have been switched to the variant from the smaller 737 MAX 8.
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.
13 апреля 2017г. совершил первый полет Boeing 737 MAX 9. Он взлетел с аэродрома в Рентоне (шт. Вашингтон) и через 2 ч и 42 мин приземлился в Сиэтле. Машину пилотировали летчики-испытатели компании «Боинг» Кристин Уолш (Christine Walsh) и Эд Уилсон (Ed Wilson).
The four large multifunction displays give the 737 MAX a very different look from the 737NG's flight deck, but only one panel has been moved. There are no changes to the checklists or flow patterns that pilots use.
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.