Boeing has named its newly launched, re-engined 737 family the 737 MAX and is offering the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 as capacity-equivalents of today’s 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900ER.
“The 737 MAX offers airlines the right solution and the best choice for creating the most successful future with improved profitability,” says Nicole Piasecki, vice president of business development and strategic integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX will deliver maximum efficiency, maximum reliability and the Boeing Sky Interior will continue to offer maximum passenger comfort. We call it the 737 MAX because it optimizes everything we and our customers have learned about designing, building, maintaining and operating the world’s best single-aisle airplane.”
Boeing claims that the 737 MAX will deliver a 7 per cent advantage in operating costs over future competing aircraft such as the Airbus A320neo family and the all-new Bombardier CSeries as a result of optimized CFM International LEAP-1B engines, a more efficient structural design and lower maintenance requirements.
The manufacturer also claims that the 737 MAX will build upon the Next-Generation 737’s 99.7 percent on-time departure rate – a figure that Boeing says is the highest reliability performance of any commercial aircraft in the world.
The 737 MAX will also feature the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior, offering spacious cabin headroom, overhead bins which disappear into the ceiling but carry more bags, and LED lighting that brings any color into the cabin.
The Boeing 737 is the world’s most popular commercial jet transport, with more than 9,000 ordered since the family entered service in 1967. Boeing forecasts global demand for more than 23,000 aircraft in the 737’s market segment over the next 20 years at a list-price value of nearly $2 trillion.