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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Southwest Becomes Boeing 737 MAX 7 Launch Customer

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Southwest Airlines was named the launch customer for Boeing's 737 MAX 7 single aisle passenger aircraft. 
(Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 7. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)
Southwest converted its existing orders for 30 Next-Generation 737s into orders for MAX 7 series, and has also chosen to exercise options to add five Next-Generation 737-800s to its fleet. At current list prices, the total order (including options) is valued at $2.9 billion. 
Design upgrades over the Next-Generation 737s for the MAX 7 includes CFM International's LEAP-1B engines and winglets, among other improvements.
"The 737 MAX 7 builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737-700, incorporating the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines is expected to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by an additional 12 percent over today's most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane," said Gary C. Kelly, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines.

Deliveries for Southwest are scheduled to begin in 2019.  

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