SINGAPORE 2012: 737 MAX heads for final windtunnel tests

The final phase of windtunnel testing on the 737 MAX programme is to begin in late February, announced Boeing Commercial Airplane’s VP marketing Randy Tinseth as he presented his review of the Asia-Pacific market.

Testing will begin at QinetiQ’s test facility in Farnborough, UK, with low-speed performance testing of the 737 MAX on takeoff and landing. QinetiQ’s 5-metre windtunnel has helped Boeing design high lift systems for improved takeoff and landing performance for numerous programmes.

Tinseth also reported that, working with regulatory agencies, the certification of 737 MAX family is likely for it to be considered a derivative of previous 737 models.

Meanwhile Tinseth noted that a total of 33,500 aircraft required from 2011-2030 worth $4,060 billion, but particularly that the industry is well on the way to the forecast coming true. “The current backlog of all manufacturers already adds up to about 25% of this forecast,” he noted.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/

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