- Boeing’s 737 MAX 10 has completed a successful first flight.
- The 737 MAX 10 is the largest aircraft in the 737 MAX family and can carry up to 230 passengers.
The first 737 MAX 10 flight
The first flight took off from Renton Field, Washington, on June 18 at 10:07 a.m. and landed just over two hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Capt. Jennifer Henderson, 737 Chief Pilot:
“The airplane performed beautifully. The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane’s systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected.”
The flight was the start of a comprehensive test program and Boeing expects it to enter scheduled service in 2023.
The 737 MAX 10 aircraft
The 737 MAX 10 is the largest in the 737 MAX family and can carry up to 230 passengers in a single class and up to 204 passengers in a 2-class layout.
At 43.8 m (143 ft 8 in) it is the longest, but has the same wingspan as the others at 35.9 m (117 ft 10 in).
The aircraft has a range of up to 3,300 nautical miles, the shortest of the 737 MAX family.
It incorporates environmental improvements, cutting carbon emissions by 14 percent and reducing noise by 50 percent compared to today’s Next-Generation 737s.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes:
“The 737-10 is an important part of our customers’ fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane. Our team is committed to delivering an airplane with the highest quality and reliability.”
The 737 MAX family
The MAX is the fourth generation of the 737 and has four variants, numbered by fuselage size and maximum passengers:
- MAX 7 – 138 to 153 seats in 2 classes, up to 172 in a single class
- MAX 8 – 162 to 178 seats in 2 classes, up to 210 in a single class
- MAX 9 – 178 to 193 seats in 2 classes, up to 220 in a single class
- MAX 10 – 188 to 204 seats in 2 classes, up to 230 in a single class
These aircraft are very different from the older 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 models.
All 737 MAX models feature the same wingspan, CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior and large flight deck displays.
Boeing currently has orders for about 4,500 for the family, including about 450 for the MAX 10.
N.B. Image credit: Boeing