After a more than year-long flight test program with four aircraft, FAA has verified “the design complies with required aviation regulations and is safe and reliable,” Boeing said.
The 737 MAX 8 is expected to enter service this summer with Norwegian Air Shuttle. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, which placed the launch order for the 737 MAX, is expected to put its first MAX 8 into service Oct. 1.
Certification of the MAX 8 comes two days after the next re-engined 737 variant, the MAX 9, rolled out.
Boeing has secured more than 3,600 737 MAX family aircraft orders from 83 customers.
Airbus’s re-engined narrow-body, the A320neo, has been in service since January 2016.
(Aaron Karp - ATWOnline News)