The inaugural flight starts the testing required for certification. When in service, it will join Boeing’s 737 MAX 8, 9 and 10. According to Boeing, the plane already has 4,000 orders. The first will be delivered to Southwest Airlines next year.
“Everything we saw during today’s flight shows that the MAX 7 is performing exactly as designed,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “I know our airline customers are going to enjoy the capabilities this airplane will bring to their fleets.”
“The MAX 7 will provide airlines an efficient product for opening and flying thinner markets and accessing challenging airports, while enjoying all the benefits of being part of the 737 MAX family,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The jet is the smallest of the MAX planes. It is designed for up to 172 passengers but has the greatest range at 3,850 nautical miles. The third version of the 737 MAX family, the MAX 7 is derived from the MAX 8, which entered service in 2017. It is intended to replace the Boeing 737-700 as well as compete with the Airbus A319neo.