The newest and largest member of the 737 Max family has taken to the air, 7 months after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed to allow all Max planes to fly again.
and .complete Boeing’s newest passenger plane Its first flight when the airline’s 737 Max 10 landed at Boeing Field near Seattle on Friday afternoon. The two-and-a-half-hour flight over Washington state begins the certification process for the plane, which is scheduled to enter passenger service by 2023.
In a statement, the 737’s chief pilot, Captain Jennifer Henderson, said the 737 Max 10 performed superbly: “The profile allowed us to test the aircraft’s systems, flight controls, and handling characteristics, all of which were thoroughly vetted and came as we expected.”
The maximum number of seats, according to the typical configuration of the largest and fourth aircraft in the 737 Max family, is 204 seats, as it was designed to compete with the Airbus A321neo, according to CNET and seen by Al Arabiya.net.
Like other Max versions, it offers a redesigned, more spacious passenger compartment, quieter, cleaner engines and better fuel efficiency.
The Max 10 was first launched from Boeing’s factory, in Washington, in November 2019, eight months after all MAX aircraft were grounded worldwide after two crashes that killed a total of 346 people. And although the plane has the MCAS flight control system that has been blamed for the crashes, all Max 10 models will undergo repairs that the FAA authorized when it lifted the grounding order in November.
The successful flight comes as Boeing works to restore public confidence in the Max and overcome criticism about how it has been certified by the FAA. And although some airlines canceled their MAX orders during the layoff, sales began to pick up.
Boeing has nearly 500 orders for the Max 10 from airlines such as United Airlines, Cuba Airlines and Virgin Australia.
The 737 was first introduced in 1968 and still holds the record for the best-selling commercial airliner in history, with more than 10,500 aircraft delivered to hundreds of airlines around the world.