Boeing Completes 737 Max 8 Firm Configuration
Boeing announced that it has completed the firm configuration of its 737 Max 8. Final assembly of the aircraft is expected to begin in 2015. The term “firm configuration” means the airplane’s structural, propulsion, and systems architectures have been defined and will not change going forward.
As detailed designs are finished and released, production will begin. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2017, to customer Southwest Airlines.
The Max 8 will be 13% more fuel-efficient than the current most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft. It will have new LEAP-1B engines, a redesigned tail cone, and new winglets that will reduce fuel use.
At the Paris Air Show in June, Travel Service announced a commitment for three of the aircraft. CIT Aerospace also placed an order for 30 Max 8s at the Paris Air Show.