Seattle - On February 5, Boeing made the roll-out of the first 737 MAX 7, the successor of the 737-700. Commissioning is scheduled next year with Southwest Airlines.
After the MAX 8 in December 2015 and the MAX 9 in March 2017, the MAX 7 becomes the third variant of the 737 MAX family to leave the factory. Today, Boeing celebrated the event with its employees at Renton factory, near Seattle.
With its 35.56 meters in length, the MAX 7 is 3.96 meters shorter than the MAX 8, making it the smallest member of the 737 MAX series. Its wingspan of 35.9 meters is identical to all other members of the family.
The standard two-class configuration provides 123 to 132 seats, but the single-aisle is designed to carry up to 172 passengers in a
high-density configuration. The radius of action is the biggest of 737 MAXs, 3,850 NM (7,130 km), 300 NM (560 km) more than the MAX 8.
The MAX 7 can carry more passengers than its predecessor, the 737-700 NG, and go through 1,000 NM more with a fuel cost per seat reduced by 18%, according to the manufacturer's data. The aircraft owes its performance to its new CFM International LEAP-1B engines and other improvements.
Boeing claims that the MAX 7 could fly 400 NM farther and
carry 12 more passengers than the competitor Airbus A319neo with a fuel cost lower by 7% per seat.
Beyond the battle of figures, Boeing and Airbus have modest success in the next-generation single-aisle segment of 100 to 150 seats compared to Bombardier and Embraer.
The first flight is planned in the coming weeks. The test fleet will include a second MAX 7, which is currently being assembled.
The entry into service is announced for 2019, following the delivery of the first aircraft to Southwest Airlines, the launching company and main customer of the model with thirty units.