Boeing has received an amended type certificate (ATC) for the 737 MAX 9 from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – officially certifying the aircraft for commercial service.
This certification marks the culmination of a successful flight test program that began in March 2017 with two Boeing flight test airplanes. The FAA certification affirms the aircraft handling, systems and overall performance all comply with required aviation regulations.
Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group (Batic Air, Malindo Air, Wings Air and Thai Lion Air).
Boeing Commercial Airplanes 737 MAX program vice president and general manager, Keith Leverkuhn said: “Our teams built superior capabilities into the MAX 9 and proved them all the way through flight test. We’re looking forward to bringing this airplane to market for our valued customers.”
The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles. With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, it provides operators added capacity while maximising profitability within their network.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide.