Boeing (NYSE: BA) finally rolled out the 737 MAX 9 jetliner on Tuesday. The airplane manufacturer expects its first flight to happen in April 2017. Read on to learn more about it.
Here are three fast facts about the Boeing 737 MAX 9 jetliner:
1. The new Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet will be able to carry up to 220 passengers in a single cabin layout.
Boeing’s new jet, which is the largest plane in the 737 MAX aircraft line, will have a longer fuselage and 16 more seats than its predecessor, the MAX 8. This allows the 737 MAX 9 to carry more passengers. Plus, it boasts of having 600 miles (1,100 kilometers) longer range than its competitor at a lower seat cost and without any additional fuel tanks.
2. Boeing 737 MAX 9’s first flight is LN 6250.
The first Boeing 737 MAX 9 jetliner flight is expected to take place in April 2017. According to the company, it can fly up to 3,515 miles nonstop, allowing it to travel from New York to London. Aside from this, the 737 MAX 9 also uses the LEAP-1B engine, which is considered as the most advanced engine for large, single-aisle airplanes. It also has one auxiliary tank that matches the 737 MAX 8’s range of 3,515 nautical miles (nm/nmi) or 6,510 kilometers (km).
3. Boeing plans to improve the 737 MAX 9’s range by 2.56 percent after 2021.
The Boeing 737 MAX 9’s range will be improved from 3,510 nm/nmi to 3,605 nm/nmi after the year 2021, Flightglobal reports. The 737 Max’s improved values were shown on a chart that the company displayed during the Farnborough Air Show 2016.
The new Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet has only been the third major overhaul to the Boeing 737 line since it was launched in 1967. Aside from the features mentioned above, it also has large 15-inch flight deck displays, MAX AT winglets and a mid cabin exit door to guarantee passenger safety.
However, the company has no plans of stopping the 737 line from further development. Even though it just rolled out the Boeing 737 MAX 9, it is already shopping around for a larger 737 MAX 10 jet to potential customers during the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Americas 2017 conference in San Diego, California.
"I confirmed that Boeing is actively engaged in discussions with customers about the 737 MAX 10X. In fact, we’ve already extended business offers to some of those customers," Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said in a blog. He added that the 737 MAX 10X would be the most profitable single-aisle airplane in the industry because it would offer the same capacity as the A321neo, but with more range and lower costs. The MAX 10X’s entry into service is expected in the 2020 time frame.
"Let’s be clear. The MAX 9 is still an exceptional airplane," Tinseth said. "The 10X would extend and strengthen the overall MAX family— a family that we’ve designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility, efficiency and commonality. We look forward to our continued discussions with customers."
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