The Boeing Company has recently released the newest of the 737 family, the 737 MAX-9. This new aircraft is the product of years of work to produce the best single-aisle aircraft on the market. The 737 MAX program, initially launched on August 30, 2011, has been creating quality ever since.
Boeing has promised an aircraft combining powerful performance and luxury with a modern touch. Boeing has revamped its aircraft to make the ride more comfortable for passengers.
“The 737 MAX-9 family is designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability, and efficiency in the single-aisle market,” according to the Boeing Company. “Every airplane will feature the new Boeing Sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness, and larger pivoting overhead storage bins.”
Not only will the experience change for passengers, modifying the design of the plane has also made the aircraft’s operational cost easier on the company’s wallet.
“737 MAX-9’s AT winglets have a new airfoil pointing down — creating a ‘>’ shape,” according to Boeing’s website on the 737 MAX-9. “There is no metal visible on the leading edge because of special materials and coatings that enable natural laminar [not turbulent] flow.”
These new designs are made to better the aircraft for customers and companies alike.
“The extraordinary and innovative 737 MAX-9 – with power on the outside, beauty on the inside, and a passenger experience that is second to none,” according to Boeing’s website on the 737 MAX-9. “It feels great to fly on a 737 MAX-9 – that’s how you know you are on one.”
Not only does it cater to passengers, the 737 MAX-9 was also designed with the needs of airlines in mind.
“737 MAX 9 is the perfect answer to the need for growth while maintaining maximum airline profitability,” according to Boeing’s website on the 737 MAX-9. “As well as 16 more seats than the incredibly popular 737 MAX 8, it offers lower trips costs than the competition, the lowest trip costs, which minimizes the risk airlines take on as they grow.”
The 737 MAX has recently completed its first commercial flight and has outperformed its high expectations.
“737 MAX 9 enables airlines to reach farther than almost every single-aisle route they operate today,” according to Boeing’s website on the 737 MAX-9. “It has the longest range in its sector without the investment in any auxiliary fuel tanks, and with one auxiliary tank, matches the versatility of the 737 MAX 8 with a range of 3,515 nautical miles.”
The 737 MAX-9 was made of the highest quality composites and materials to provide the ultimate aviation experience. Companies such as Electroimpact have provided machinery to produce the new aircraft.
“Electroimpact is a highly experienced aerospace automation company with a high concentration of engineers,” according to the Electroimpact’s website. “Our wide range of projects include complete automation assembly systems for commercial aircraft wings, riveting machines and tools for wing panel and fuselage assembly, advanced fiber placement machines, robotic assembly systems, and spacecraft handling equipment.”
Peter Zieve, the President of Electroimpact, a company that designs the machines that assemble the 737 MAX family, has been recognizing recent market trends.
“Airbus is struggling to keep up with Boeing and are struggling to get the engines on the Airbus Neo fixed,” said Zieve.
Zieve sees the new aircraft as the push that Boeing needs to overcome market pressure and competition with Airbus.
“Brilliance is everywhere at Boeing and the Boeing engineers have made some great, great decisions with the 737 MAX-9,” said Zieve, “and the Boeing 737 MAX-9 will kick ass.”
Yet Zieve knows that the 737 MAX program is not without its flaws, especially in the engine department.
“It is all about the new engines, and there is a small problem with the engines the MAX uses but the aircraft is keeping up on deadlines,” said Zieve.
Bill Campisteguy is a 737 certification manager at The Boeing Company who was involved in the 737 MAX program.
“The 737 MAX family is basically a re-engine program along with aerodynamic improvements,” said Campisteguy. “The most noticeable would be the larger CFM LEAP-1B engine which grew in diameter from 61 inches to 69 inches, along with the new “up/down” winglets.”
This helps with engine performance and overall control of the aircraft.
“The engines are much quieter and more efficient than the current CFM56 engines,” said Campisteguy. “These engines along with the aerodynamic drag reductions will save airlines a lot of money on fuel costs and allow them to fly further on the same tank of gas.”
In addition to the minor difficulties surrounding the aircraft’s engines, 737 certification manager Bill Campisteguy recognizes another problem: the 737 MAX is too popular.
“One of the biggest problems is how to deal with the success of the 737 MAX. Airlines who buy an airplane today, will not see it for many years,” said Campisteguy. “With over 3,700 airplanes to deliver, at the current production rate, it would take 7 years to deliver a new order.”
Campisteguy holds many responsibilities at The Boeing Company, including customizing aircraft for optimal safety.
“I am responsible for delivery compliance with regulatory requirements, whether they come from the FAA or other Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) in other countries,” said Campisteguy.
It is of the utmost importance that the aircraft is airworthy and is safe to fly in. After making several changes to the plane, Campisteguy had his work cut out for him.
A large backorder of aircraft has been one of the problems for the company’s most popular aircraft family.
“To address this, Boeing has been increasing the 737 production rates,” said Campisteguy. “This summer, the rates will increase from forty-two to forty-seven per month and in 2018, they will increase to fifty-two per month.”
Personally, Campisteguy believes the aircraft will live up to standards.
“I think the entire 737 MAX family will be very successful in the marketplace. Already, the 737 MAX has over 3,700 orders from 86 different customers,” said Campisteguy.
Despite their existing success, Boeing constantly strives to better their aircraft and customer satisfaction.
“This is a testament to the confidence the industry has on the 737. The 737 was once a short haul airplane averaging only 500 mile trips,” said Campisteguy. “Today, there are many 737s flying non-stop 3,000 miles across the continental United States. The 737 MAX will extend this capability by over 500 miles opening up new markets for many airlines.”