Buenos Aires - On December 4th, Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas celebrated the delivery and the commercial debut of the first 737 MAX 8 of the Argentine's national airline.

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of the aircraft at the end of November and made the first commercial flight about a week later between Buenos Aires and Mendoza. On this occasion, South American airline operator became the first operator of the 737 MAX in Latin America. The new MAX 8 is configured for 170 passengers and offers a range of 3,515 nautical miles (6,510 km).

"The addition of the 737 MAX to our fleet is another example of the growth we envision for our company," AerolĂ­neas Argentinas president Mario Dell'Acqua said in a statement.

According to Boeing, AerolĂ­neas Argentinas is experiencing strong growth, with a 15% increase in passenger traffic last year and a 22% increase since 2015. To support this development, the company plans to take delivery of twelve 737 MAXs.

"The 737 MAX 8 is an important addition to Aerolineas' fleet, which will allow the airline to continue to grow and gain market share," said Ricardo Cavero, vice president of Boeing Commercial Aircraft for the airline, Latin America.

Equipped with CFM International's LEAP-1B engines and newly designed wingtips, the 737 MAX family exceeds 4,000 firm orders to date.