United Airlines has announced its initial domestic routes for its newest aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, with the first flight on June 7. The announcement comes days after the aircraft received an amended type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing it for commercial service.
The aircraft features Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel-efficient engines, thus providing a quieter ride and having the ability to fly farther on less fuel.
United expects to begin operating MAX 9 aircraft on June 7, between its hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities. Beginning June 29, the carrier expects to add additional MAX 9 flights from its Houston and Los Angeles hubs including service between Los Angeles and Honolulu. United will receive 10 new MAX 9 aircraft from Boeing this year and will continue to add service from its hubs to cities throughout the United States.
“The addition of the MAX 9 furthers our efforts to become a more efficient and productive airline. It has better fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and does all of this while maximizing customer comfort,” said United’s Chief Financial Officer Andrew Levy.
The Boeing 737 MAX 9 features 179 seats including 20 United First seats in a 2-2 configuration, 48 in Economy Plus in a 3-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 111 United Economy seats in a 3-3 configuration with at least 30 inches of pitch.