The first flight took 2 hours and 42 minutes. The aircraft began its flight from Renton Field in Renton, Washington, at 10:52 a.m. local time and landed at 1:34 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
It was piloted by Boeing Test and Evaluation Captains Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson. The aircraft performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.
The 737 MAX 9 offers a maximum seating capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nm (6,491 km). It is fitted with latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B turbofan engines and advanced winglets. The MAX 9 replaces the 737-900.
Boeing claims that the 737 MAX 9 is on schedule at the beginning of its flight-test and certification programme. Customer deliveries are to begin in 2018.
So far Boeing has orders for over 3,700 737 MAX aircraft of all versions, by 86 customers worldwide. More than 400 are of the MAX 9 version.