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FAA Awards Type Certification to the Boeing 737 MAX 8

FAA Awards Type Certification to the Boeing 737 MAX 8

FAA Awards Type Certification to the Boeing 737 MAX 8

The aircraft is now set to undergo systems checks, fuelling and engine runs on the flight time before flight testing commences in the next few weeks.

One early-delivery customer is due to be Norwegian Air Shuttle subsidiary Norwegian Airlines International, which plans to launch transatlantic services with 737 MAX 8s in June from four Irish, one Scottish and at least one Norwegian destination to three airports in the Northeastern U.S.

Boeing has begun offering the model code-named 737 MAX 10X to airlines, saying it would be the most efficient single-aisle jetliner in the business - a claim disputed by Airbus.

The first Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplane rolled out of its Renton final assembly plant Tuesday morning.

The 737 MAX 8 is the first in the family to be developed and meets customer demand in the heart of the single-aisle market.

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The photo op for employees is one of the rituals for a new breed of airplane, and today's event played out much like the ceremonies that accompanied the rollout of the somewhat smaller 737 MAX 8 in late 2015, right down to the overcast, rain-spattered setting. 737 MAX 9 is the flawless answer to the need for growth while maintaining maximum airline profitability.

Airbus's re-engined narrowbody, the A320neo, has been in service since January 2016. 737 MAX passenger capacity comparisons - Image: Boeing.

Meanwhile, Boeing continues to study and discuss with customers possibly adding to the 737 MAX family a 737 MAX 10 version, which would be longer and have an even higher seat capacity than the 737 MAX 9, which will be able to seat a maximum of 220 passengers.

According to Boeing, the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft in the company's history, so far garnering over 3,600 orders from 83 customers worldwide.

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