Largest-ever Boeing 737 completes maiden flight
Posted on 20 Jun 2021 and read 740 times
737-10, the largest aircraft in the 737 MAX family, completed a successful first flight in the USA on Friday.
“The aircraft performed beautifully,” said 737 Chief Pilot Captain Jennifer Henderson. “The profile we flew allowed us to test the aircarft’s systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected.”
The flight was the start of a comprehensive test programme for the 737-10. Boeing will work closely with regulators to certify the aircraft prior to its scheduled entry into service in 2023.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “The 737-10 is an important part of our customers' fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle aircraft. Our team is committed to delivering an aircraft with the highest quality and reliability."
The 737-10 can carry up to 230 passengers and incorporates environmental improvements, cutting carbon emissions by 14% and reducing noise by 50% compared to today's next-generation 737s.