Posted on: 19 February 2018
Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 has been officially certified for commercial service after receiving an amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA certification affirms that the jet’s handling, systems and overall performance all comply with required aviation regulations and marks the culmination of a successful flight test programme that began in March 2017 with two test aircraft.
“Our teams built superior capabilities into the MAX 9 and proved them all the way through flight test. We’re looking forward to bringing this airplane to market for our valued customers,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice-president and general manager of the 737 MAX programme, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “I am proud of the entire team for helping us reach another important development milestone.”
Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group.
The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles.