From the heart of its manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, Boeing has unveiled the third and newest addition in the 737 MAX line, the 737 MAX 7.
Boasting a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, the longest range within the MAX aeroplane family to date, the commercial jet holds the capacity to transport up to 172 passengers.
The MAX 7 is able to fly 1,000 nautical miles further than its predecessor, the 737-700, and boasts 18% lower fuel costs per seat. Compared to its competition, the aircraft reportedly carries 12 more passengers and 400 nautical miles further than the A319neo, while also delivering 7% lower operating costs per seat.
Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “For our airline customers who need the flexibility to serve airports at high altitudes or remote locations, the MAX 7 is the ideal complement to their fleet. We look forward to demonstrating the incredible flexibility and range of this aeroplane.”
He added: "This is the third 737 MAX family member our team has successfully introduced in just three years. That’s a phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the entire 737 team.”
Following its debut, the MAX 7 is set to undergo system checks, as well as fuelling and engine run on the flight line in Renton. Additionally, the aircraft is set to start its flight testing programme within the next few weeks.
Set to enter service in 2019, the first 737 MAX 7 will be delivered to launch customer Southwest Airlines.