Boeing’s 737 MAX makes 1st flight

Boeing has completed the maiden flight of the first 737 MAX 8 on schedule at the beginning of a flight-test programme scheduled lead to certification and delivery the third quarter of 2017.

With CFM LEAP-1B engines and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the aircraft completed a 2 h 47-min flight from Boeing Field in Seattle. During the flight, 737 MAX chief pilot Ed Wilson and Boeing chief test pilot and VP flight operations Craig Bomben took the aircraft to a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet and an airspeed of 250 knots.

"The flight was a success," declared Wilson. "The 737 MAX just felt right in flight giving us complete confidence that this aeroplane will meet our customers’ expectations.”

"The first flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years," declared Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, Ray Conner. "We are tremendously proud to begin testing an aeroplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers.”

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