Boeing 737 Max 8 Receives FAA Certification to Fly

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 March 2017
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DSC_0242Boeing announced on Thursday that the 737 Max 8 has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for commercial service. The airplane manufacturer expects to deliver the first of the planes to customers in the coming months.

While Southwest Airlines is officially the aircraft’s launch customer, the first 737 Max 8 will go to Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian Air, which is slated to take delivery of the plane in May. Southwest should begin to receive the first of its 200 737 Max 8s starting in July.

In order for the aircraft to earn certification, Boeing began an extensive test program with four of the planes about a year ago, as well as their undergoing ground and laboratory testing.

The aircraft was granted an Amended Type Certificate by the FAA, indicating that the design is safe and reliable, and complies with aviation regulations.

The Boeing 737 Max uses CFM International Leap-1B engines and has new winglets, which provide a 14% improvement in fuel use over comparable single-aisle aircraft.  The plane is designed to reduce operating cost per seat by 8%.

The 737 Max currently has 3,600 orders form 83 customers worldwide.

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