Boeing has completed the successful first flight of the new 737-10, which is the largest variant in the 737 MAX family and can carry up to 230 passengers.
The completion of the first flight marks the start of a comprehensive test programme for the new Boeing jetliner, which has a scheduled service entry date for 2023.
'The 737-10 is an important part of our customers' fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane,' said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing offers four variants across the 737 MAX 7 (153 maximum seating), 737 MAX 8 (178), 737 MAX 9 (193) and the latest 737 MAX 10. CFM International LEAP-1B engines power all 737 MAX Family jetliners
The new 737-10 made its maiden flight from Renton Field in Renton, Washington and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle.
'The airplane performed beautifully,' said 737 Chief Pilot Capt Jennifer Henderson. 'The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane's systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected.'
The 737-10 incorporates several environmental improvements, resulting in carbon and noise emissions which are reduced by 14% and 50% respectively compared to today's 737 NGs.