Posted on June 5, 2015 linda strong boeing aircraft
Boeing has begun production of its first single-aisle 737 MAX flight test aircraft, as they have started to assemble the wings at its facility in Renton, Washington. The initial parts of the 737 MAX have been loaded into spar assembly machines, including the internal support structures.
Boeing officials believe this is a big step in the right direction and a testament to their team’s hard work. Their facility is able to manufacture 42 jets a month, which is more than any other factory in the world. They are not getting complacent with that number however, as they want to increase it to 47 in 2017 and 52 the following year.
Boeing 737 MAX program vice-president and general manager Keith Leverkuhn said.
"Achieving this milestone on schedule is a testament to the success of the 737 and our integrated design and build team,"
The 737 has proven to be a much more fuel-efficient than other models. It runs on a CFM International LEAP-1B engine with an optimized, more efficient core. It has an increased fan diameter of 694 inches, up from the 61 inches seen before. The engine contributes about 11% of fuel-use reduction.
The 737 MAX Efficiency has an 8% lower operating costs than its main competitor, and is also 1.8% more fuel efficient. This fuel efficiency reduces carbon omissions, has a 40% smaller noise footprint than other single-aisle airplanes. It has a 99.7% dispatch reliability rate, meaning a fleet of 100 of these planes would avoid delaying around 65,000 passengers.
The 737 MAX is scheduled to be delivered to customers in 2017, and has more than 1,700 orders since its 2011 launch. They are currently in battle with the Airbus A32Oneo, which is already being tested and has around 3,800 firm orders.
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