Boeing hopes positive tests will boost sales that have been lagging specifically for the 737 MAX 7.
Boeing unveiled its first 737 MAX 7 in a rollout at its Renton factory in Washington yesterday. It will now prepare to start flight tests of this third and smallest member of the 737 MAX family.
The manufacturer says the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft type in its history, accumulating more than 4,300 orders from 92 customers worldwide.
The MAX 7 is designed for up to 172 passengers and has a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, which is the longest range of the MAX family.
Technological improvements allow it to fly 1,000 nautical miles further and carry more passengers than its predecessor, the 737-700, while having 18% lower fuel costs per seat.
Boeing also says that the MAX 7 carries 12 more passengers 400 nautical miles farther than the A319neo, on “7% lower operating costs per seat”.
Boeing is scheduled to deliver the 737-7 in 2019 and hopes that positive news from the upcoming flight tests will help boost sales, Aviation Week reports.
While overall sales of the MAX have mushroomed, the 737-7 has lagged behind, with fewer than 70 firm orders for the variant compared to more than 2,100 for the -8 and 274 for the stretched -10.
Remote or high-altitude airports
“For our airline customers serving airports at high altitudes or remote locations, the MAX 7 is the ideal complement to their fleet. We look forward to demonstrating the incredible flexibility and range of this airplane,” stressed Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program.