Boeing celebrated the rollout of its first 737 MAX 9 on March 7.
The 737 MAX 9 is the second member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles.
Boeing says the airliner will now begin system checks, fuelling and engine runs on the flight line. Once completed, the aircraft will begin flight testing in the coming weeks – the final phase of verification of the operational characteristics and overall performance of a new model.
While the first 737 MAX 8 is set to be delivered to customers in the second quarter of this year, the 737 MAX 9 is scheduled to enter service in 2018.
Boeing says the MAX 8 and 9 will be followed in 2019 by the smaller MAX 7 and higher capacity MAX 200, while studies and discussions continue with customers on growing the family.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airliner in Boeing’s history, accumulating more than 3,600 orders to date from 83 customers worldwide.