24-Jul-2013 10:58 AM

Boeing completes 737 MAX 8 firm configuration

Boeing announced (23-Jul-2013) it has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family. As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin. The configuration includes new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International that are optimised for the 737 MAX, a redesigned tail cone and the Boeing designed 'Advanced Technology Winglet' to reduce fuel use. Other changes incorporated include upgrades to the flight deck displays, an electronic bleed air system and fly-by-wire spoiler flight controls. The aircraft will also offer customers the capability to use real-time data to make operational decisions around maintenance on the ground during flight. Final assembly of the 737 MAX 8 is scheduled to begin in 2015 with first delivery scheduled for 3Q2017. Boeing estimates the 737 MAX will be “13 percent more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient single-aisle airplanes and 8 percent more fuel-efficient per seat than tomorrow's competition.” The 737 MAX will feature a range of more than 3500nm, an increase of 400-540nm over the existing 737 NG family. First delivery of the 737 MAX 9 is planned for 2018 followed by first delivery of the MAX 7 in 2019. To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated orders for 1495 aircraft. [more - original PR]

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