MAX Magic

Just about everything on the 737 MAX program has been right on time. Friday’s first flight was no exception— with takeoff a little ahead of schedule to get ahead of bad weather.


Wheels up for the maiden flight of the 737 MAX at Renton Field. Paul Gordon photo.


A spectacular view from Lake Washington as the MAX takes off. Matthew Thompson photo.

It was a proud moment for all of us at Boeing, including thousands of employees who turned out at Renton Field to watch takeoff.


Thousands of Boeing employees braved the rain to watch the takeoff of the first 737 MAX. The gloves, colored in MAX teal, sported a design mimicking the airplane’s new Advanced Technology winglet. Gail Hanusa photo.

The airplane performed just as expected, with the pilots staying up for just under 3 hours.


Air to air. Paul Weatherman photo.

We were also thrilled to share the moment with our airline customers and suppliers. Thanks to everyone for getting us to this milestone moment.


Landing at Boeing Field. Jim Anderson photo.


Left to right, Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben. 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson. Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program. Marian Lockhart photo.

Comments (12)

mukong78 (auckland, nz):

Beauty in all angles! Wandering why the max 9s can not compete with the 321neos. Just curious.

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congratulations Boeing with Best Wishes!

Andrew Boydston (Boise ID USA):

Boeing you made my day. Congratulations.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Congrats to all involved on the first flight of the 737 MAX!

Robert (Vancouver, Canada.):

Hi Randy,

Has United Airlines had the new split winglet retro fitted on some of their 737's? I thought I saw the new winglet's on a plane at SFO last November. Tonight while watching the local news, one of their news reports with footage shot at YVR, had in the background a UA 737 that looked like it had the split winglet.

Congratulations on the 737 MAX first flight.

Dr Dorothy (USA):

Again, congratulations to Boeing!

Robert (Vancouver, Canada.):

Hi Randy,

My previous question about the United Airlines 737's winglet that looks very similar to 737 MAX winglet has been answered upon some further research. It was pointed out to me that the one I saw was a Split Scimitar Winglet that has been available on 737's since 2014. From a side view they look very similar, especially when viewed from a distance. Seeing both from the front of the plane you can see the obvious difference.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Awesome. It's a beautiful airplane, the poster child of the evolution of commercial jet transportation.

The Next Generation has been a really great advancement for the 737 already - the EFIS flightdeck, the CFM56-7B engines, the wing and its winglet, the interior. That's just items mostly observable to the average Joe Public.

All of that has already amounted to an incredible set of statistics in safety, reliability and operational efficiency.

On the MAX, the larger EFIS cockpit screens, the longer APU tail cone and inflight connectivity will do more than increase operational awareness for pilots, reduce drag and keep passengers happy. There will be maintenance advantages.

The -8 MAX will be a best seller.

Beth (everett, wa):

Never get tired of watching any of the new planes land and take off at BFI. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Dale Cary (Melbourne, Australia):

Hi Randy,

in the process of trying to identify all the logos on the MAX(58 logos), I am intrigued by the black squiggly line logo on the very bottom far right. It seems to have many of us tricked. Can you enlighten us?

Randy Tinseth:

I believe you are referring to the special tail decal that employees in Renton designed for the 737 MAX. It is to honor our employees and represent them on the airplane.

PlanePerson110 (30 Minutes North from NYC):

Is there any way the public can purchase 737 winglet gloves? I would love a pair since I love the 737 and I know for a fact that other people do as well. If so, please tell us and give details! Thanks and go Boeing with the 737 MAX! Woo!

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