Successful completion of the first 737 MAX 8 flight begins a comprehensive flight-test program which Boeing expects to lead to certification and first 737 MAX 8 delivery to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

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Boeing had already previously accounted for the order on its Orders and Deliveries Web site, attributing the purchase to an unidentified customer.

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GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has been revealed as a previously unannounced customer for 20 more Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 20 more Boeing 737-800s.

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The Canadian airline will substitute existing orders for 15 Boeing 737NG jets, which are currently scheduled to deliver between December 2014 and 2018, with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, for a net increase of 50 committed deliveries to its fleet plan.

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Boeing has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8, a milestone which the manufacturer says marks completion of the major trade studies to define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family.

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Boeing has announced that first delivery of a 737 MAX, a 737 MAX 8 for launch customer Southwest Airlines, will be made three months earlier than originally scheduled – in the third quarter of 2017 instead of in the fourth quarter.

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The firm commitment by TUI Travel PLC includes 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets and 20 737 MAX 9s. The deal also includes options on another 60 737 MAX jets at the same terms as the first 60 aircraft and purchase rights on an additional 30. Deliveries of TUI Travel PLC’s first 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are due to begin in January 2018 and continue until March 2023.

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Southwest, which was the launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX program, becomes the first airline to order the 737 MAX 7 by converting existing orders for 30 Boeing 737NGs into orders for 737 MAX 7s.

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Lion Air has finalized a firm order for 201 Boeing 737 MAX 9s and 29 Boeing 737-900ERs, making the Indonesian carrier the launch customer for the 737 MAX 9. The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 aircraft.

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American Airlines has selected the Airbus A319 and A321 as the variants it will receive under its 130-aircraft A320-family fleet order, which the carrier announced in July. American is not confirming yet the exact breakdown of the two types by numbers of aircraft.

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Boeing has selected a 68-inch fan diameter for the CFM LEAP-1B engine for its new 737 MAX family and reveals it has now received order commitments for more than 600 aircraft to date from eight airlines, up from 496 aircraft from five airlines when the program launched in August.

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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.

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The Boeing Company’s board of directors has approved the launch of a new-engine 737 family of commercial jets, based on order commitments for 496 aircraft from five airlines and what Boeing says is a strong business case.

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