Seattle - On April 23, United Airlines took possession of its first 737 MAX 9, out of the 61 ordered. Chicago, Illinois based operator expects ten more by the end of the year.
The re-engineered single aisle is configured to accommodate 179 passengers, 20 in the United First (2 + 2), 48 in Premium (3 + 3) and 111 in Economy. Each seat has an outlet, and all guests have access to the wifi for free. The seats in the United First are covered with two-tone leather with an adjustable headrest in six positions and more storage space.
From June 7, 2018, the first 737 MAX 9 of the United Airlines will fly to Anchorage Alaska, Austin Texas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando Florida, and San Diego California from its base Houston, Texas.
From June 29, the device will be used between Los Angeles and Honolulu or Houston, as well as between George Bush Airport and Sacramento California or Tampa Florida.
Note that the flights between Houston and Anchorage will last 7 hours and 18 minutes, a little less than the 8 hours and 5 minutes record of a 737 MAX 8 of Norwegian between Newburgh and Bergen.
The Star Alliance company has also ordered 100 737 MAX 10 that are deliverable from 2020.