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Greg Hyde 10th March 2017 11:36 AM

Boeing 737 MAX 8 certified
Boeing 737 MAX 8 certified

Boeing says its 737 MAX 8 is on track for first delivery in “coming months” after the aircraft received certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the end of a flight test program that lasted just under 14 months.

The company said the FAA had granted Boeing an “amended type certificate for the 737 MAX 8, verifying the design complies with required aviation regulations and is safe and reliable”.

“Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 737 MAX 8 delivery to customers in the coming months,” Boeing said in a statement on Thursday.

The 737 MAX 8 completed its first flight in January 2016 and four aircraft have been used in the flight test campaign. US giant Southwest Airlines is the launch customer for the 737 MAX 8.

As well as its new generation CFM LEAP 1B engines, the 737 MAX also introduces a new flightdeck, fly-by-wire spoilers and new technology winglets. To accommodate the LEAP 1B’s 176cm fan diameter, compared to the CFM56’s 155cm diameter fan on the current model 737 NGs, the 737 MAX also features a taller nosewheel landing gear leg, while the engine nacelles’ trailing edges feature noise-reducing chevron shaping, as on the 787.

The 737 MAX 8 has been designed to fly 3,515nm when configured with 162 passengers in a two-class configuration.

The MAX family of aircraft is the fourth iteration of Boeing’s 737. There are four MAX variants – from the smallest MAX 7 to the MAX 8 and stretched MAX 9, as well as the 200-seat MAX 200.

Also, the company recently outlined in public for the first time a proposed MAX 10X, which features 230 seats in a single-class layout or 189 seats in a two-class configuration.

In this part of the world, Virgin Australia has ordered 40 737 MAX aircraft. The airline recently deferred first delivery to the final quarter of the 2019 calendar year, from 2018 previously.

Boeing’s other two 737 MAX customers in Oceania are Air Niugini, which put pen to paper in February 2016 for four MAX aircraft arriving from 2020, and Fiji Airways, which has five 737 MAX 8s slated for delivery from 2018.

The 737 MAX program has booked 3,621 orders through February 2017, according to the Boeing website.

Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said during the company’s quarterly earnings call on January 25 (US time) the MAX was expected to comprise 10 to 15 per cent of all 737 deliveries in calendar 2017.

Muilenburg reaffirmed previous guidance that the 737 production rate would rise from 42 aircraft per month currently to 47 per month in the third quarter of calendar 2017. It would then increase further to 52 per month and 57 per month in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

“And importantly, even at the 57 per month rate, we continue to be oversold. Simply put, this is a big attractive market and the 737 family’s position within it is solid,” Muilenburg said.

The 737 MAX competes with the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft, which has booked 5,063 orders through February 2017, according to the Airbus website. The first A320neo was delivered to Lufthansa in January 2016.

lloyd fox 22nd March 2017 12:52 PM

Malindo will be launch customer this year with both BNE,PER perhaps on their radar for this aircraft type?

Philip Argy 19th October 2019 10:33 AM

Maybe it should NOT have been certified!
Here's what Sully has just written to the New York Times Magazine:


Letter to the Editor
Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger
New York Times Magazine
Published in print on October 13, 2019

In “What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 MAX?” William Langewiesche draws the conclusion that the pilots are primarily to blame for the fatal crashes of Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian 302. In resurrecting this age-old aviation canard, Langewiesche minimizes the fatal design flaws and certification failures that precipitated those tragedies, and still pose a threat to the flying public. I have long stated, as he does note, that pilots must be capable of absolute mastery of the aircraft and the situation at all times, a concept pilots call airmanship. Inadequate pilot training and insufficient pilot experience are problems worldwide, but they do not excuse the fatally flawed design of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that was a death trap. As one of the few pilots who have lived to tell about being in the left seat of an airliner when things went horribly wrong, with seconds to react, I know a thing or two about overcoming an unimagined crisis. I am also one of the few who have flown a Boeing 737 MAX Level D full motion simulator, replicating both accident flights multiple times. I know firsthand the challenges the pilots on the doomed accident flights faced, and how wrong it is to blame them for not being able to compensate for such a pernicious and deadly design. These emergencies did not present as a classic runaway stabilizer problem, but initially as ambiguous unreliable airspeed and altitude situations, masking MCAS. The MCAS design should never have been approved, not by Boeing, and not by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The National Transportation Safety Board has found that Boeing made faulty assumptions both about the capability of the aircraft design to withstand damage or failure, and the level of human performance possible once the failures began to cascade. Where Boeing failed, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should have stepped in to regulate but it failed to do so. Lessons from accidents are bought in blood and we must seek all the answers to prevent the next one. We need to fix all the flaws in the current system — corporate governance, regulatory oversight, aircraft maintenance, and yes, pilot training and experience. Only then can we ensure the safety of everyone who flies.

Brenden S 19th October 2019 07:16 PM

I think this plane is going to be grounded for a while longer now.

Philip Argy 19th October 2019 09:16 PM

It just keeps getting worse ...
Now this:

Brenden S 20th October 2019 12:34 PM

Wow deception at it's helm. What on earth is going on at Boeing? Sounds like a very toxic place to work and be at.

Philip Argy 20th October 2019 12:46 PM

Very sad
I used to think Boeing was the model organisation but, like Volkswagen, it only takes one or two whose ethics are not what they should be, and for whom the mighty dollar is irresistible, to compromise the organisation and do irreparable reputational damage. I'm sure the vast majority of employees are heartbroken at what has happened, but Boeing really has not faced up to what it has done and continues to defend its position.

Greg Hyde 21st October 2019 01:46 PM

Its the loss of credibility.

Boeing (& VW) could be trusted but now ?

I just posted some of Boeing current woes:

I can't see it getting better in the short term

Greg Hyde 24th October 2019 11:12 AM

Boeing expects 737 Max to fly again by New Year

Boeing has said it expects its troubled 737 Max aircraft to return to the skies before the end of the year.

The jet was grounded after two fatal crashes, including last year's Lion Air disaster which killed 189 people.

Just hours after Indonesian investigators blamed mechanical and design problems for the crash, Boeing said it had developed software updates.

The investigators focused on a system used to improve handling and prevent stalling on the Boeing 737 Max.

Interesting read

Erik H. Bakke 24th October 2019 11:22 AM

Return to the skies before the end of the year, probably.
Return to service before the end of the year? Not quite as likely.

They'll need to do certification flights (and already have done quite a few test flights), so they'll have their words intact even if it doesn't return to service just yet.

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