Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson completed the successful first flight of 737 MAX 9 aircraft last week in the skies above Puget Sound.
On 13 April the 737 MAX 9 made a 2 hour, 42-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 10:52 a.m. local time and landing at 1:34 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The test was in schedule and is part of a comprehensive flight-test program before the aircraft certification and delivery.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister said that:
“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.”
The 737 MAX 9 is the second member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles. The airplane is scheduled to be delivered to customers in 2018.
The smaller MAX 7 and higher capacity MAX 200 will be the next planes to join the MAX family in 2019.