The first Boeing 737 MAX 8 was rolled out of the Renton factory on December 8.
Keith Leverkuhn, Vice President and General Manager, 737 MAX, Boeing Commercial Airplanes commented: “Today marks another in a long series of milestones that our team has achieved on time, per plan, together. With the rollout of the new 737 MAX – the first new airplane of Boeing’s second century – our team is upholding an incredible legacy while taking the 737 to the next level of performance.”
The production-complete aircraft rolled out of the Renton factory and into the paint hangar on November 30, the precise date determined when the MAX development schedule was defined more than four years ago. The aircraft will undergo pre-flight preparation in the factory before departing for Renton Field to continue flight test readiness. Its first flight will take place in early 2016.
With the second and third 737 MAX 8 flight test airframes currently in final assembly and the fourth (and final) in sub-assembly, the type remains on track for first delivery to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.