Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Boeing delivers first MAX 8 to Malindo Air

Malaysia based Malindo Air, now rebranded as Bastik Air Malaysia became the first airline to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 MAX single aisle passenger jet.

The airplane, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over from Boeing's Seattle Delivery Center and will commence commercial flight operations by end of  June.

The 737 MAX is the fourth iteration of the Boeing 737 that first flew in 1967. The MAX features the new generation CFM LEAP-1B turbofan engines, AT winglets and an advanced glass cockpit.

Boeing claims the 737 MAX will cost 8 percent less to operate compared to its competitor Airbus A320neo, and also have 40 percent less noise.

To date Boeing has received almost 3,700 orders from 87 customers across the world.