Right on time

If there was one common theme during today’s debut of the first 737 MAX, it was “right on time.” Just about everything on this program has been on schedule.


The first 737 MAX rolls out of the paint hangar in Renton.

In fact, the first airplane rolled out of our Renton factory and into the paint hangar on November 30, the exact date we set on our schedule more than four years ago.



Thousands of employees were on hand for today’s unveiling at our Renton factory. The airplane, a 737 MAX 8 fittingly dubbed the Spirit of Renton, is our first flight test airplane. It will now undergo pre-flight preps in the factory before we move it over to Renton Field to continue flight test readiness.


Employees get their first look at the newly painted first MAX.


The interior of the first 737 MAX is set up to begin flight test.


The new Advanced Technology (AT) winglet.

The airplane is on track for first flight early next year, and the program remains on schedule for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in third quarter of 2017.


Here’s a picture of the first MAX when it was still moving down the production line.

Commercial CEO Ray Conner may have said it best when he told employees: “You’ve poured your heart and soul into this airplane. These are the moments we cherish.”


Indeed, a special day in Renton that we’ll all remember. For more photos and video from today’s MAX debut, check out our special webpage.

Comments (9)

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

It has arrived! You can tell by the size of the engines that it's a MAX! Well done by all at Boeing, congratulations on the 737 MAX's rollout!

J. Westbeld (Las Vegas, NV):

What a beautiful plane. So proud of my son who worked on it and the 787. His great grandfather (who worked for the Wright Brothers) is probably smiling down on him.

Andrew Boydston (Boise ID USA):

Congratulations to all at Boeing and have a Merry Christmas.

Damon (Sydney, NSW, Australia):

Love the plane! Can't wait to see it in the Virgin Australia livery.

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congratulations Boeing. Looking forward to the first flight of SUPER MAX



Todd Cohen (Philadelphia):

Congrats!!! A Beautiful plane! Randy, do you have any thing you can share about the reports that the LEAP engine is missing burn targets? I hope it's bad press......!!! I love this plane and want it to crush the A Series.

Alessandro (Rome, Italy):

Congrats, I'm looking forward to fly on this bird.

Andrew Boydston (Boise ID USA):

Response to Todd Cohen:

Todd, since the Leap 1-B testing was completed on the bench, it did not take into consideration different nuanced applications for the engine. One consideration was wing placement, a second application comes from body sculpting and engine aerodynamic or airflow enhancements. However, since the first block tests were completed, CFM has reported it has since improved on its initial block test report of a shortfall. It is now operating on a 747-400 test bed at this time, as well as in lab. When all factors are accounted for the CFM 1-B appears to meet and in some cases exceed original expectations for engine efficiency. It has incorporated new technology not found in the CFM 1-A or CFM 1-C types of engine under development at this time, as the Boeing example is constrained by ground clearance and cowling diameter limits from the MAX design stance. The bag of technological advances within this engine are not found anywhere, except on the MAX. To answer your performance concern for short-fall, it appears by several professional publications those fears are behind Boeing at this time having a positive CFM 1-B performance package eclipsing the announced Bench shortfall from last year.

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