Keeping up with the MAX

The 737 MAX keeps on flying. Since 1A001 took its first flight on Jan. 29, 2016, the airplane has continued a steady stream of testing.


Pictured here is 1A001 on Jan. 30, 2016 out for its second flight the day after its first— which is highly unusual for a new airplane program. The MAX was busy testing on five of the first six days per plan and has continued this momentum. Kevin Flynn photo.

The team continues to execute on the flight testing plan and prepare for the other three airplanes to enter the flight test fleet soon.


Pictured here are the other three members of the 737 MAX flight test fleet in various stages of production on the central line in the Renton factory taken a few weeks ago. Jim Anderson photo.


Pictured here is 1A002, the second MAX, on the Renton flight line. The airplane is painted in the “light” livery for the 737 MAX which features the same tail design and signature brand colors, but a more simplified, leaner design to save time in the paint process and a more rapid transition to test. Jim Anderson photo.

Comments (2)

Andrew P Boydston (Boise ID USA):

The Max will be "Just In Time" for Delivery and is ahead of its schedule from due diligence of Boeing's crafts people. The pictures are clues for the enormous success the program has already realized. SWA get ready for the Max as it is on time for your gates at various airports. Congratulations, Max team you have been tested and have been found ready, and it shows.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

With Southwest Airlines announcing service out of Long Beach I am certainly thrilled to get Boeing planes on the passenger ramp at LGB. It would be great to see the 737 and potentially the MAX at this essentially located airport. Congrats on all the progress made by all on the 737 MAX project.

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