Seattle - Less than a year after the first 737 MAX, Boeing reached a symbolic milestone with the delivery of the 100th copy.
The American aircraft manufacturer delivered the very first 737 MAX, a MAX 8 to Malaysian low-cost operator Malindo Air in May 2017. The 100th 737 MAX joins the Air Canada fleet.
The Canadian flag carrier expects a total of 61, 737 MAX including 49 MAX 8 and 12 MAX 9. Two MAX 8 already joined the fleet in 2017 while another sixteen will be available this year and the last 43 between 2019 and 2021.
The 737 thus indicates a return to Air Canada after 13 years of absence. The company had an all Airbus single-aisle fleet during this period. Now, the 737 MAXs will be used to replace the aging A320s.
In particular, Air Canada has announced a reinforcement for its service to Hawaii next winter based on its new fleet of 737 MAX. The next-generation single-aisle aircraft will also serve on at least two transatlantic routes: Toronto-Shannon and Montreal-Dublin.
Air Canada's new 737 MAX 8 features a two-class layout with 169 seats, including 16 in Business and 153 in Economy. The seats are equipped with an individual entertainment system, and the cabin receives Wi-fi connectivity.
On the Boeing side, the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft in the company's history. The 737 MAX family records more than 4,300 firm orders from 95 customers worldwide.