Renton: The Boeing B737 Max 9 completed its first flight on April 13. The first 737 Max 9 flight marks the beginning of a comprehensive flight-test programme that will ultimately lead to certification before customer deliveries begin in 2018.
"The Max 9's first flight is another milestone that continues the program's strong track record of progress," said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The Max family of airplanes offers more value than any competitor and its strong market acceptance is reflected in over 3,700 airplanes on order from 86 customers around the world."
The airplane completed a successful two hour, 42-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Washington, at 10:52 local time and landing at 13:34 at Seattle's Boeing Field.
Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson, Boeing Test & Evaluation Captains, piloted the airplane and conducted tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.
"The B737 Max team continues to fire on all cylinders," said Keith Leverkuhn, Vice President and General Banager, B737 Max programme, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Each new milestone we meet builds knowledge and experience that gets leveraged to keep the programme moving forward on track."
The B737 Max 9 is the second member of Boeing's industry leading B737 Max family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles.
The B737 Max is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines.