Confident Boeing prepares to deliver first revamped Max models this summer

737 MAX 9 rollout

The MAX 9 model is nearly nine feet longer than the MAX 8's 129 feet 8 inches, and it carries 178 passengers in two classes compared to the MAX 8's 162 in a similar configuration.

The aircraft will start system checks, fueling and engine runs on the flight line.

Starting next year, there will an efficient new airliner entering commercial service - the Boeing 737 MAX 9. The 737 MAX 8 type-certification test program including flight-testing four aircraft, plus ground and laboratory testing.

Boeing (BA) says it is ready for the next production increases in its 737 jetliners as it prepares to deliver the first of the revamped Max models this summer.

Boeing had rolled out the largest member of the family, the MAX 9 on Tuesday, and also announced its plans for a stretched MAX 10.

Airbus's re-engined narrowbody, the A320neo, has been in service since January 2016.

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The photo op for employees is one of the rituals for a new breed of airplane, and today's event played out much like the ceremonies that accompanied the rollout of the somewhat smaller 737 MAX 8 in late 2015, right down to the overcast, rain-spattered setting.

Deliveries of the first 737 Max 8 should begin in the second quarter to multiple customers, Leverkuhn says.

In case, the company was to launch the jet, it would be one of five variants of its upgraded single-aisle 737 jet family.

The 737 MAX 200 is a 200-passenger, higher-density seating version of the 737 MAX 8 and has been ordered to date only by Ryanair.

Major aircraft leasing companies have offered a lukewarm response to proposals by Boeing to build a bigger version of its 737 MAX family to counter the Airbus A321neo.

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