Boeing Announces Southwest Airlines as 737 MAX 7 Launch Customer

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced the launch of the 737 MAX 7, the third member of the 737 MAX family.  Dallas, USA-based carrier Southwest Airlines is the first airline to order the type, after converting 30 existing orders for Next-Generation 737s into orders for the new model.
Southwest also exercised options to add five more Next-Generation 737-800s to its fleet, as part of its ongoing effort to improve fuel efficiency and profitability.  The first 737 MAX 7 is expected to be delivered in 2019.
Gary C Kelly, the airline’s chairman of the board, President and CEO, commented:  “The 737 MAX 7 builds on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737-700, incorporating the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines [and] is expected to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by an additional 12% over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle aeroplane.”
The 110ft (33.5m)-long aircraft is planned to extend the range over today’s 737-700 by approximately 400 nautical miles (741km).
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