Boeing’s first 737 Max 8 is now complete and has achieved power-on.
The 737 Max 8 is part of a new family of re-engined 737 airplanes that offer lower operating costs and improved fuel efficiency and is powered by the CFM International LEAP-1B engine.
The final assembly took place in a new facility in Renton, Washington where Next-Generation Boeing 737 airliners are currently built.
The first member of Boeing’s new, more efficient single-aisle family features electrically controlled spoilers and supports the improved, modernised cockpit systems. The winglets also give customers up to 1.8 percent additional fuel-efficiency improvement.
In a recent online update regarding the final assembly of the 737 Max 8, Boeing said:
“There’s more advanced technology from nose to tail: new engines, new winglets, new flight deck displays and the passenger-preferred Boeing Sky interior, with more seats to maximise profit potential. More profit for operators, more comfort for passengers.”
The power-on of the 737 Max electrical system is a great milestone for Boeing and the first flight is scheduled to fly in early 2016, with customer Southwest Airlines scheduled to take delivery late in 2017.
The 737 Max family has 2,869 orders from 58 customers across the globe.