The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has taken to the skies for the first time. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.
Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field.
"Today's first flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold
of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and
ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years," said Boeing
Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner.
"We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will
deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our
departed to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet
(7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463
kilometers) per hour typical of a first flight sequence. While Capts. Wilson
and Bomben tested the airplane's systems and structures, onboard
equipment transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground
"The flight was a success," said Wilson. "The 737 MAX just felt right
in flight giving us complete confidence that this airplane will meet
our customers' expectations."
With the other three members of the 737 MAX 8 flight-test fleet
currently in different stages of final assembly, the 737 MAX remains on
track for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of