Posted on: 14 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Boeing has begun production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers, which offer stability and strength along the entire length of the fuselage structure, at the Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures facility in Auburn, Washington.
The next step of the programme, which is on track to see the final assembly of the 737 MAX begin in 2015, will be the delivery of the stringers to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas, where they will be attached to the fuselage itself.
Following that, Boeing employees will start bringing the aircraft together at its Renton site. The first Boeing 737 MAX is scheduled to fly in 2016 as part of the flight test fleet.
The aircraft will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, with Boeing aiming to deliver 20% better in terms of fuel efficiency than the Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.