|Boeing 737 MAX 8 assembly. Photo: Boeing|
[Avionics Today 09-16-2015] Boeing employees in Renton, Wash., have started final assembly on schedule of the first 737 MAX 8, the first member of Boeing’s new, more efficient single-aisle family.
“We continue to meet our plan on the 737 MAX program,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We have a lot more work still ahead of us but we’re very pleased with our progress to date.”
The 737 MAX team remains on track to roll out the first completed 737 MAX by the end of the year and fly it in early 2016. Launch customer Southwest Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of the first 737 MAX in the third quarter of 2017. In total, the 737 MAX family has 2,869 orders from 58 customers worldwide.