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The Boeing 737 MAX is a series of aircrafts. This page includes important information regarding the current grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX. Find out more the technical specifications and features of the 737 MAX series.

Important Update Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

 

March

In March 2019, aviation regulators and airlines grounded 394 Boeing 737 MAX passenger airliners worldwide. This decision was made after two newly delivered aircraft crashed within just four months. The accidents sadly befell Lion Air Flight 610, on October the 29th, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, on March the 10, 2019.

Following the Ethiopian crash, many regulatory bodies and airlines began to proactively ground the MAX. Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline to voluntarily ground the MAX. The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced the first government-ordered grounding on March 11th. Over the next two days, most other regulators and airlines banned the airplane. On March 13, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was one of the last regulators to ground the airliner.

On March the 17, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation started investigating FAA certification of the 737 MAX. Boeing also began software updates. On May 16, Boeing completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, including associated simulator testing and engineering test flights.

May 2019

On May 23rd, the FAA held a full-day meeting with representatives from 33 global regulatory bodies to discuss the process for bringing the 737 MAX back into service. Boeing stated that once it has addressed the information requests from the FAA, it will schedule a certification test flight and submit final certification documentation.

June 2019

On June 26th, the FAA identified an additional requirement during simulator sessions reviewing specific flight conditions and scenarios. Boeing made a statement saying it will address this requirement through updated software changes.

As of July 2019, no further announcements have been made.

Expected return to service

 

Projections from the regulators:

The Boeing 737 MAX series is certified by the U.S. FAA, and a return to service both locally and internationally will require updated certification by the FAA first. The FAA has not announced a timetable on when the 737 MAX will return to service, but said on June the 12th that the 737 MAX could remain grounded until December 2019.

The European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada announced they will do their own safety verification before letting the 737 MAX fly again in their territories.

Projections from Boeing:

Boeing announced it would make an additional safety feature on the plane model standard. On May 16, 2019, Boeing announced that it had completed the software update and is awaiting approval from the FAA. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has stated that he targets having the planes flying by the end of 2019 but declined to provide a timeline.

Projections from the airlines:

In early July, United Airlines and American Airlines both announced they will be pulling the 737 Max from planned schedules through to mid November 2019. This is the fourth extension made. Ryanair has been replacing the MAX branding on its aircraft.

About the BOEING 737 MAX

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The Boeing 737 MAX is a series of narrow body twin-engine jet airliners, designed and produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The 737 series was first publicly announced in August 2011, and gained its Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) certification in March 2017. The first delivery was a MAX 8 to Malindo Air in 2017.

The Boeing 737 MAX is the fourth generation of the Boeing 737, succeeding the Boeing 737 Next Generation, and is a re-engineered version of earlier 737 designs with the aim of reducing fuel costs.

The 737 MAX series has been offered in four variants, typically offering 138 to 230 seats: the MAX 7, MAX 8 (including the denser seat MAX 200), MAX 9, and MAX 10.

As of May 2019, 387 aircraft have been delivered, logging over 41,000 flights and flying over 6.5 million passengers. Primary users include Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, and China Southern Airlines.

Variants

737 MAX 7

Boeing announced the redesign of the MAX 7, derived from the MAX 8, at the July 2016 Farnborough Air Show. Entry into service with launch operator Southwest Airlines was expected in January 2019, but the airline deferred these orders until 2023-2024. Other customers include Southwest Airlines (30), WestJet (23) and Canada Jetlines (5).

737 MAX 8

The 737 MAX 8 was the first variant developed in the 737 MAX series, with a longer fuselage than the MAX 7. The MAX 8 has a lower empty weight and higher maximum takeoff weight than its competitor, the A320neo. Its first commercial flight was operated by Malindo Air on May 22, 2017.

737 MAX 200: In September 2014, Boeing launched a high-density version of the 737 MAX 8, the MAX 200. The aim was to be the most efficient narrow-body on the market.

737 MAX 9

The 737 MAX 9 will replace the 737-900 and has a longer fuselage than the MAX 8. Lion Air was the launch customer, with an order for 201 in February 2012. The aircraft’s first commercial flight was on April the 13th 2017.

737 MAX 10

To compete with the Airbus A321neo, loyal customers of Boeing, such as Korean Air and United Airlines, pressed Boeing to develop a larger variant than the MAX 9. The MAX 10 includes larger engine and stronger wing. Boeing was hoping that 737 MAX 9 customers like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Lion Air, and Chinese airlines will be interested in the new variant, which has a 5% lower trip cost and seat cost compared to the A321neo.

The MAX 10 was launched on June 19, 2017, with 240 orders and commitments from more than ten customers, the largest being United Airlines, with 240 orders. Entry into service is slated for July 2020.

Technical Spec of the 737 MAX

 

Spec 737 MAX 7 737 MAX 8 737 MAX 9 737 MAX 10
Seats (2 Class) 138 – 153 162 – 178 178 – 193 188 – 204
Range (Km) 7,130 6,570 6,570 6,110
Length (m) 35.56 m 39.52 m 42.16 m 43.8 m
Wing Span 60 m 60 m 60 m 60 m
Wingspan (m) 35.9 35.9 35.9 35.9
Max Seats 172 210 220 230

Passenger Features of the 737 MAX

Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, with no branding, flying

Image: A Boeing 737MAX 9. Credit: Clemens Vasters

A Personal Touch

Enjoy an elevated experience. Passengers can take advantage of greater flexibility to control their environment; controls for reading and lighting are at passenger’s fingertips.

An image of the interior of the Boeing 737 Max, with flight attendant

Image: An example of the 2-cabin layout of the Boeing 737 MAX series. Credit: Boeing

More Space

Larger pivoting storage bins means passengers can store their bags right by their seats. The bins pivot down for easy access, with easy access via new latches.

Interior of the Boeing 737 MAX, focusing new pivoting over-head storage bins

Image: An example of the new interior offered by the Boeing 737 MAX series, with new pivoting storage bins, with more room to store bags. Credit: Boeing

Thoughtful Details

The passenger comes first. Extra details include larger windows for a better view, 20% bigger than the (competitor) A320neo’s windows, and variable colour illumination to mimic the time of day.

Interior of the Boeing 737 MAX, focusing on the sculpted sidewalls and larger baggage bins

Image: An example of the new interior offered by the Boeing 737 MAX series, offering modern-sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, larger stow bins and more headroom around the aisle seats. Credit: Boeing

Which airlines use the 737 MAX?

 

 

  737 MAX 7 737 MAX 8 737 MAX 9 737 MAX 10
AerCap - 85 - 15
Aerolíneas Argentinas - 11 - -
Aeromexico - 51 9 -
Air Canada - 70 11 -
Air China - 15 - -
Air Europa - 20 - -
Air Niugini - 4 - -
Air Peace - 10 - -
Alaska Airlines - - 32 -
American Airlines - 100 - -
Arik Air - 8 - -
Aviation Capital Group - 70 10 20
Avolon - 65 10 20
Blue Air - 6 - -
Blue Air - 6 - -
BOC Aviation - 77 - 10
Carribbean Airlines - 77 - 10
China Development Bank - 68 - 10
China Eastern Airlines - 14 - -
China Southern Airlines - 50 - -
Comair - 8 - -
Copa Airlines - - 41 15
Donghai Airlines - 15 - 10
Enter Air - 6 - -
Ethiopian Airlines - 30 - -
Fiji Airlines - 5 - -
Flydubai - 131 70 50
Gol Transportes Aereos - 105 - -
Goshawk Aviation - 20 - -
Hainan Airlines - - - -
Icelandair - 3 2 -
Jackson Square Aviation - 30 - -
Jeju Air - 40 - -
Jet Airways - 125 - -
Jetlines 5 - - -
Korean Air - 30 - -
Lion Air - 10 4 100
Malaysia Airlines 15 - - 10
Nok Air - 6 - -
Norwegian Air Shuttle - 110 - -
Okay Airways - - - 9
Oman Air - 20 - -
Qatar Airways - 5 - -
Royal Air Maroc - 4 - -
Ruili Airlines - - 6 -
Ryanair - 135 - -
SCAT Airlines - 6 2 -
Shandong Airlines - 6 - -
Shenzhen Airlines - 5 - -
Silk Air - 37 - -
Mauritania Airlines International - 1 - -
Nok Air - 6 - -
Norwegian Air Shuttle - 110 - -
Okay Airways - - - 9
Oman Air - 20 - -
Qatar Airways - 5 - -
Royal Air Maroc - 4 - -
Ruili Airlines - - 6 -
Ryanair - 135 - -
SCAT Airlines - 6 2 -
Shandong Airlines - 6 - -
Shenzhen Airlines - 5 - -
Silk Air - 37 - -
SkyUp Airlines - 2 - 5
Smartwings - 8 - -
SMBC Aviation Capital - 91 - -
Southwest Airlines 30 250 - -
SpiceJet - 116 - 20
Sun Express - 15 - -
TAROM - 5 - -
Timaero Ireland - 2 - -
TUI Group - 54 - 18
Turkish Airlines - 65 10 -
Turkmenistan Airlines 3 - - -
United Airlines - - 37 100
VietJet Air - 120 - 80
Virgin Australia - 30 - 10
WestJet 22 21 - 12
XiamenAir - 9 - -

Boeing 737 MAX
FAQs

How many Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are there?

As of February 2019, more than 370 MAXs have been delivered to 47 customers. A further bout 5,000 737 MAX airplanes have been ordered by 107 customers.

Why did Boeing develop the 737 MAX?

The 737 MAX was developed to succeed the Next-Generation 737. The newer models were developed based on customer feedback and market data.

How does the Boeing 737 MAX series compare with its competitor, the Airbus A320?

The different models in the series vary, but based on range and the number of passengers, there are two notable rivals: The Boeing 737 MAX 7 vs the A319neo; and The Boeing 737 MAX 8/9 vs the A320neo.

Looking at passengers, the A319neo carries more than its rival the Boeing 737 MAX 7, but only 7 passengers more.

Looking at the airline's specs, the Boeing 737 MAX beats the A320 with the ability to carry a higher max payload (46,040 lb vs 44,100 lb). It also has a higher thrust power. The 737 MAX 9 can also be reconfigured into a super dense 220 seater variant. The 737 MAX 8 can also carry more cargo than the Airbus A320, making it a popular choice for airlines as this means more revenue.

What other Boeing aircraft are there?

Boeing's portfolio of commercial aircraft includes the following models:

 

737: Twin‑engine, single aisle, short- to medium-range narrow-body. Series includes: 700, 800, 900ER, BBJ, C-40, 737 AEW&C, P-8, 737 MAX

747: Heavy, four‑engine, partial double deck, twin–aisle main deck, single–aisle upper deck, medium- to long-range wide-body. Series includes: 8I, 8F, BBJ

767: Heavy, twin-engine, twin aisle, medium- to long-range wide-body. Series includes: 300F, KC-767, KC-46, E-767

777: Heavy, twin-engine, twin aisle, medium- to long-range, ultra long-range, wide-body. Series includes: 200LR, 300ER, Freighter, 777X

787: Heavy, twin-engine, twin aisle, long-range, wide-body. Series includes: 8, 9, 10, BBJ