Renton - Boeing delivered the first ever 737 MAX 9 to Lion Air Group on Wednesday, March 21st. The aircraft will be operated by Thai Lion Air, the Thai subsidiary of the Indonesian low-cost group.
With this delivery, The Lion Air Group becomes the launch customer of the 737 MAX 9 after the MAX 8 that entered into service at Lion Air last year in July.
The Jakarta-based group, which launched its operations in June 2000 with a Boeing 737-200, has today 200, 737 MAX on order making it one of the major customers of the MAX family.
This delivery is an opportunity for Boeing to highlight the complementarity of the different versions of the 737 MAX.
Lion Air Group is the perfect example of how the 737 MAX family provides a common fleet solution for single-aisle aircraft,said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister in a statement.
The first 737 MAX 9, registered HS-LSH (LN 6771), will enter service at Thai Lion Air.
The MAX 9 perfectly fits our growing business in Thailand. From the beginning, the 737 has been the backbone of our business, and we will use the additional capacity provided by the 737 MAX 9 to expand our network and start new routes to Bangladesh, China, and India,said company CEO Darsito Hendro Seputro.
Certified last month, the 737 MAX 9 is 42.16 meters long, 2.64 meters longer than the MAX 8. The standard two-class configuration provides 178 to 183 seats, but the single-aisle is designed to carry up to 220 passengers in high density.
With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, the MAX 9 offers airline operators additional capacity while maximizing profitability within their network,says the manufacturer.
Big day! Today we delivered the 1st 737 MAX 9 that will go into service to @ThaiLionair 🇹🇭 where its added capacity will help launch several international routes. @lionairgroup 🇮🇩 was also first to put MAX 8 into service and have an additional 200 #737MAX airplanes on order. pic.twitter.com/yQudI3toTb— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 21, 2018
The range of the MAX 9 is identical to the MAX 8 (3.550 nautical miles) thanks to an additional tank.
In addition to the MAX 8 and 9, the MAX family also includes the MAX 7 and MAX 10. The MAX 7 made its first flight on March 16, 2018. The commissioning is scheduled for 2019.
Boeing has also completed the final configuration of the fourth and largest variant of the family, the MAX 10, whose first commercial flight is expected in 2020.
Launched in 2011, the MAX program has accumulated more than 4,300 firm orders from 95 customers.