Boeing has announced that 737MAX has successfully completed its first flight lasting around three hours. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.
"First flight of the 737 MAX carries us across the threshold of a new century of innovation – one driven by the same passion and ingenuity that have made this company great for 100 years," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner. "We are tremendously proud to begin testing an airplane that will deliver unprecedented fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market for our customers" commented Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer.
During the flight, 737 MAX Chief Pilot Ed Wilson with Boeing Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations Craig Bomben, departed to the north, reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an airspeed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometres) per hour typical of a first flight sequence.
Meanwhile Capts. Wilson and Bomben tested the airplane's systems and structures, using on board equipment transmitting real-time data to a flight-test team on the ground in Seattle.
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