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Old January 30th, 2016, 06:28 AM   #981
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N8701Q Boeing 737Max first flight & landing. The picture above was shot by my friend as we stood next to each other airside.

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

Landing at BFI

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr
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Old January 30th, 2016, 01:31 PM   #982
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How many planespotters were let in for the occasion Woody and did they treat you well??
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Old January 30th, 2016, 06:13 PM   #983
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How many planespotters were let in for the occasion Woody and did they treat you well??

A buddy of mine is a pilot and has his plane there. So we were at his hanger. Most spotters where restricted to public viewing areas.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 11:35 PM   #984
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"1st air-to-air photos of the #737MAX first flight!"

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Old February 2nd, 2016, 08:29 PM   #985
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Boeing's video with the highlights of the webcast of the 1st flight of the MAX.

includes new air-to-air footage.

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Old February 2nd, 2016, 09:38 PM   #986
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Last year we've seen plenty of NG to MAX conversion on Boeing's order book, some of them might be because of this:


Boeing tells customers 737 Max may arrive early

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Boeing Co. is on pace to achieve a rare feat in its industry: delivering a new jetliner ahead of schedule.

The 737 Max, an updated version of its best-selling single-aisle jet, completed its first flight Friday, a key step toward Boeing's goal of delivering the first plane to Southwest Airlines Co. in the third quarter of 2017.

Behind the scenes, industry officials say, Boeing is telling customers it might deliver the jet as much as six months early.

Progress on the 737 Max could still hit obstacles. Flight testing, for example, could reveal unexpected problems. Still, the 737 Max is an update, rather than an all-new model like the 787, requiring fewer tests. Boeing also is planning conservatively, allowing six years from program launch to delivery, compared with just four years it originally allotted for the 787--which ended up being nearly eight years after delays. Boeing's test pilots said they plan nine months of aerial tests for the Max, but have given themselves 20 months--the same as the 787, despite that plane's bigger technological leap.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 11:36 PM   #987
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N8701Q Boeing 737-8 Max 2nd flight shots on a sunny afternoon. Much better weather.

N8701Q Boeing 737-8 MAX - C/N 42554 / LN 5602 Spirit of Renton by Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr

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Old February 3rd, 2016, 04:19 PM   #988
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Great Pictures Woody! Thanks for sharing.
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Old February 6th, 2016, 11:37 PM   #989
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With the latest monthly order update Boeing revealed a small number of MAX orders from China which were previously listed as Unidentified. Also no surprise new customers, all had already been announced as customers before. Interestingly only small parts of the original unidentified orders have been revealed.


China Eastern: 7x revealed
Order originally booked on 17-Jun-2014, 60x

China Southern: 7x revealed
Order originally booked on 17-Dec-2015, 50x

Hainan Airlines: 3x revealed
Order originally booked on 16-Jul-2014, 50x

ICBC Leasing: 2x revealed
Order originally booked on 21-May-2013, 61x


Only 19 of the 671x unidentified orders were revealed, but now we do know for certain that 221x of these 671 belong to these 4 customers. Leaving only 450 orders as unidentified in the sense that that they haven't been partly revealed.


At the same time Boeing revealed 106 previously unidentified 737NG orders from China. Bringing those back from 282 to 176x 737NG's
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I understand that,unusually, all The 737 Max prototype/test aircraft are to be finished off fully,test equipment removed, and sold into normal airline service.

Can anyone confirm the destinations of these test frames?
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I understand that,unusually, all The 737 Max prototype/test aircraft are to be finished off fully,test equipment removed, and sold into normal airline service.

Can anyone confirm the destinations of these test frames?
One of each prototype will probably stay with Boeing and moved to the Boeing Museum. The other prototypes will find new homes as VIP planes or with other museums around the world. Or they will probably be kept for testing or just scrapped.
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Boeing 737 MAX8 prototypes (1A001-1A004) will be delivered to Southwest Airlines. After certification they will be re-worked to certification standard and delivered.

737 MAX7 and 737 MAX9 prototypes should share the same fate - as frames in service.
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I understand that,unusually, all The 737 Max prototype/test aircraft are to be finished off fully,test equipment removed, and sold into normal airline service.

Can anyone confirm the destinations of these test frames?
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One of each prototype will probably stay with Boeing and moved to the Boeing Museum. The other prototypes will find new homes as VIP planes or with other museums around the world. Or they will probably be kept for testing or just scrapped.
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Boeing 737 MAX8 prototypes (1A001-1A004) will be delivered to Southwest Airlines. After certification they will be re-worked to certification standard and delivered.

737 MAX7 and 737 MAX9 prototypes should share the same fate - as frames in service.
Correct - All 737Max test frames (1A001-1A004) are going to Southwest post testing/rework. N8701Q was originally registered to Southwest and then assigned to Boeing. after testing should go back to Southwest.
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They sure learnt from the 787 fiasco.
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If we look at Airbus writting off 2 A359 test frames (MSN1 and MSN3), then Boeing's first 3 test frames written off aren't looking so bad. The biggest mistake was delivery schedule and too early start of 787-8s production frames.
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The MAX is not that much more then a new upgraded version of the 737 NG. The MAX prototypes will not be that much different then regular production frames. Many of the improvements in manufacturing process of the MAX have already been tested on the newest 737 NGs. Something that can't be done a completely new model like the 787 or the A350 where everything is new with the assembly of the 1st couple of frames.

Interesting fact, Southwest will soon be the operator of both the 1st 737 NG and the 1st 737 MAX.
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737 MAX8 got Initial Airworthiness Certification:
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The MAX is not that much more then a new upgraded version of the 737 NG. The MAX prototypes will not be that much different then regular production frames.
I know. the 737-400 was a lot more different to its predecessors back in the day and the difference between the 800 and 400 10 years later was also more significant overall than the jump from the 800 to the 737 Max 8

The entire testing regime for the 737-Max is primarily driven by the (back then) rush deployment of the -400 that led directly to the Kegworth disaster in England. This testing regime applies to every new frame seeking first certification in the developed world and is not a Boeing thing or anything. What we call a 'known known' nowadays.

As the planning and rollout has gone very smoothly so far Boeing, I hear, are hinting at full certification and first delivery to customers in early 2017 if not indeed late 2016.

Good luck to them, they are capable of making it happen, all going smoothly.
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First Boeing 747-400 prototype was re-worked and delivered to Northwest Airlines in 1989. In fact it was in serivce until September 2015 in Delta Airlines fleet as N661US, while much younger 747-400s frames have been scrapped earlier.

Boeing delivered also first Boeing 777-200 prototype to Cathay Pacific, but it took 6 years since first flight of frame. It was re-engined from PW PW4090 to RR Trent 884. Frame is still in service in Cathay Pacific fleet.

First 747-8 was delivered too, for Cargolux as LX-VCA. First 747-8I was delivered to BBJ, is undergoing test flights/certification after VIP cabin outfitting in Dallas for Kuwait Government. Delivery to final customer soon.
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