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MAX Momentum


Randy Tinseth

Greetings from Singapore, where I’m here this week attending the air show. Earlier today, I had the chance to brief the media on the progress of our airplane development programs—including the news that we’ve now reached firm configuration on the 737 MAX 10. It’s a very busy week back in Renton, Washington. And I’ve asked Keith Leverkuhn, the vice president and general manager of the MAX program, to guest blog in my absence.

Keith Leverkuhn

As Randy said, things at our Renton site have indeed been action packed to start the year. Just this week alone, we’ve shared two major milestones for the 737 MAX program.

On Monday, we rolled out the first 737 MAX 7 – the third member of the MAX family to come down the line here in Renton. It was a day-long celebration, with a special unveiling event for all three shifts to congratulate our employees for the work they’ve done.

Renton employees celebrate the MAX 7 rollout. Marian Lockhart photo.

I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has worked together to execute on the commitments we’ve made to our airline customers. We’ve now debuted three new airplanes in three years here in Renton. That’s a remarkable feat.

737 MAX VP & GM Keith Leverkuhn (left) greets employees at the MAX 7 debut.

The MAX 7 is slightly stretched compared to the 737-700, giving our customers the capacity to fly 12 more passengers even farther than our competition. This airplane will also have the longest range of any member of the MAX family at 3,850 nm.

But what’s perhaps most impressive about the MAX 7 is its ability to offer exceptional performance at high altitude airports and hot climates. We’re excited to put the airplane into flight test in the coming weeks, and into the hands of launch customer Southwest Airlines next year.

Randy broke the news today that we’ve reached firm configuration for the MAX 10, what will be the fourth and largest member of the MAX family. We’ve spent time with our customers and supplier base to make sure we’ve optimized the configuration before we dive into the detailed design phase.

The MAX 10 will be the most efficient machine anyone has ever offered on the single-aisle side of the market. With a stretched fuselage 66 inches longer than the MAX 9, the MAX 10 will carry up to 230 passengers while giving airlines both lower trip and seat mile costs than the competition. The huge success we had in Paris with the launch of this airplane gives us great confidence going forward.

The MAX 10 has now reached firm configuration.

There’s no time to rest here in Renton. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be working with regulators to certify the MAX 9 before that airplane is delivered to our first customer. And we’re also getting close to seeing the 10,000th 737 come down the assembly line, setting another world record for the most popular airplane in aviation history.

All of this comes as we prepare to increase our production rate again later this year, going from 47 airplanes per month to 52 per month—and eventually to 57 per month in 2019. We’ve now incorporated the MAX into two of our three final assembly lines.  If you haven’t already, be sure check out our interactive website that lets you tour the Renton factory.

None of this would be possible without the continuous improvement being made in our factory. Employee teams are coming up with new ways to do things more efficiently every day. All of this is key as we work to capture more market share, introduce the MAX 10 to the production system and continue to climb in rate.

I appreciate Randy allowing me the chance to fill in. I look forward to sharing more MAX news in the future.  Learn more about the 737 MAX family here.



18 comment on “MAX Momentum

  • Hans
    February 6, 2018 | 8:19 pm

    It'll be great to see airlines needing an airplane for the hot and high short to medium haul find one in the MAX 7. And that MAX 10 seems perfectly tailored to low cost airlines, wanting to go the MAX on per seat operating economics. Congratulations to Boeing, on this remarkable milestone.

  • Sarah
    February 6, 2018 | 9:58 pm

    Hoping we will see the Max in Qantas colours someday 🙂

  • keith martyn
    February 7, 2018 | 7:26 pm

    Those who have basic aircraft knowledge have a sensible philosophy… " If it ain't Boeing, we ain't going!"

  • Garo Vermaak
    February 8, 2018 | 12:48 am

    Hard to believe the little B737 BionicBudgie will be celebrating 50 years since her first commercial flight on the 10th of February 2018.

  • Sam
    February 8, 2018 | 4:51 am

    Why does the Max 7 have dual overwing exits? I thought the barrel was based on the 737-700?

    • Randy Tinseth
      February 8, 2018 | 1:46 pm

      Hi Sam, We designed the MAX 7 to be a slight stretch to give airlines more capacity, while still having more range than the 737-700. That drove the need for the additional exit door.

      • Matthew
        February 9, 2018 | 2:43 am

        We sure look forward to having this aircraft at Southwest Airlines. I know the options were pushed back, but I know the galleys are already designed and from the frontline perspective we are eager to fly this bird! Thanks Randy.

  • James Baloun
    February 8, 2018 | 11:40 am

    I love how Renton is ‘the little engine that could’.
    Renton sets the bar for value added per square meter and value added per person.
    One factory in Renton can do more than three factories.
    I am looking forward to watching Renton break it’s own record as the PALS automated tooling starts to really flex it’s muscles.

  • Sergio Pimentel
    February 8, 2018 | 1:27 pm

    Can the 737-MAX 7 cross the Atlantic? i.e NY-London or NY-Paris?

    • Randy Tinseth
      February 8, 2018 | 4:04 pm

      Thanks for your comment Sergio,
      The MAX 7 has the longest range of the family and can fly trans-Atlantic, but most operators want more capacity for those missions. The MAX 8 is being used by Norwegian to go east coast to Europe.

  • VV
    February 8, 2018 | 1:34 pm

    Is there any plan to put the 737-10's landing gear on the 737-9?

    • Randy Tinseth
      February 8, 2018 | 4:03 pm

      Hi VV,
      The MAX 10 needed a newly designed landing gear due to its stretch which is not necessary on the MAX 9.

  • Dominic G. Gabaldon
    February 9, 2018 | 3:42 am

    Keep up the great work, Boeing! I am soooo proud of your accomplishments!!

  • Thomas. Hilburn
    February 11, 2018 | 5:38 pm

    I flew on one from Cleveland to Phoenix and back. Great plane ,inside looks much much bigger due to new design of bins. Will leave AirBus in the dust.

  • Andrew Boydston
    February 14, 2018 | 6:01 pm

    The Max program has a single aisle market in waiting. Once the Max 10 and Max 7 lands with a planeload of passengers and airline metrics are sorted out. The second level of orders will follow. Both the -7 and -10 book end the family of Boeing single aisles. My own expectation varies from corporate expectations as instinct is the driver for my individual expectations from blogging. 2019 will be a order up single aisle year for Boeing.

  • Robert
    February 14, 2018 | 8:21 pm

    Go MAX! Boeing is doing great things in Renton.

  • Herb Jackson Jr
    March 1, 2018 | 9:27 am

    Looking forward to flying the MAX 7

  • Cristiano Arruda
    March 28, 2018 | 8:12 am

    The 737-7 MAX opens new markets for smaller airlines. This is phenomenal.

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