The smallest sibling of Boeing 737MAX family, the 737MAX 7 took off for the first time today, 16 March 2018 at 10:17 a.m LT.
The maiden flight took off from Boeing’s Renton plant, on a three hour test flight from Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula to Moses Lake, with some photogenic circles around Mount Rainierand and landed safely at 12:59 p.m. in front of greeting staff and media.
The twin-engine 737MAX 7 is powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines can fly farthest of the 737 MAX family, with the range of 3,850 nautical miles.
The 138 to 172 seats, MAX 7 will enter service with Southwest Airlines, which has ordered 30 Max 7s, and 210 Max 8s.
Though MAX family aircraft won more than 4,300 orders, sales of MAX 7 model have been sluggish with only 55 jets on order, placed by Southwest Airlines 30 jets, Canada’s Westjet 23 jets, and Ruili of China one jet and an unidentified airline one jet.