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Boeing's bigger 737 MAX 9 emerges from Renton plant

Boeing's bigger 737 MAX 9 emerges from Renton plant

Certification of the MAX 8 comes two days after the next re-engined 737 variant, the MAX 9, rolled out.

The general manager of the 737 Max program says Boeing is stress-testing its production system monthly as it readies to raise monthly production to 47 from 42 this year.

Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 737 MAX 8 delivery to customers in the coming months. "Our primary focus is delivering an aircraft that has the legendary reliability our 737 customers depend on, plus the optimized flexibility and range capability they desire".

Airbus's re-engined narrowbody, the A320neo, has been in service since January 2016.

Boeing's newest generation 737, the Max 8, has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Asked by a moderator at the ISTAT Americas conference about his impressions of the 230-seat concept, Air Lease Corp executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy suggested the 737 Max 10X exists only because of the failure of the 737 Max 9 to prove competitive with the Airbus A321neo, which owns a almost five-to-one sales advantage over the -9.

The 737 MAX 8 is the first in the family to be developed and meets customer demand in the heart of the single-aisle market.

Indonesian low-priced carrier Lion Air is to be the launch customer for the 737 Max 9.

Meanwhile, Boeing continues to study and discuss with customers possibly adding to the 737 MAX family a 737 MAX 10 version, which would be longer and have an even higher seat capacity than the 737 MAX 9, which will be able to seat a maximum of 220 passengers.

Major aircraft leasing companies have offered a lukewarm response to proposals by Boeing to build a bigger version of its 737 MAX family to counter the Airbus A321neo.

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