Posted on: 02 May 2016 by Mark Howells
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has completed high altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia, which also marks the first international trip for the 737 MAX flight-test fleet.
The airport's 13,300ft altitude tested the MAX's capability to take off and land at high altitudes, which can affect overall aircraft performance.
“The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That's exactly what we wanted to see,” explained Keith Leverkuhn, VP and general manager of the 737 MAX programme for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing says flight testing for the 737 MAX is on schedule with three test aircraft having completed more than 100 flights combined. The fourth and final test aircraft will make its first flight in the coming weeks. The first 737 MAX delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.