When we announced the acceleration of the 737 MAX delivery schedule during the Paris Air Show, I think a lot of people took notice of just how much progress we’re making on the program. Fast forward to today and you can see that progress continues.
We’ve just announced firm configuration for the 737 MAX 8. That means we’ve defined the design requirements that will make the MAX the most fuel-efficient airplane in the single-aisle market. The configuration includes new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, a redesigned tail cone and Advanced Technology Winglets.
The airplane will also feature upgrades to the flight deck displays, an electronic bleed air system and fly-by-wire spoiler flight controls. Final assembly of the 737 MAX 8 is scheduled to begin in 2015 with first delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.
Congratulations to the team in Renton on this milestone and for accumulating 1,495 MAX orders to date. I hope you enjoyed all of these new images of the MAX 8 and the entire MAX family. And in case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a great video we put together that really showcases everything great about the MAX. Check it out below.