In 2019 all Boeing 737 Max aircraft were temporarily grounded. As of February 2021, the aircraft is beginning to resume service, following regulatory approval. You can find out the latest updates about the Boeing 737 Max grounding here.
About the BOEING 737 MAX
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.
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.