Last week, Boeing celebrated the first delivery of its new 737 MAX. The airplane, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over to Malindo Air at the Seattle Delivery Center. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service.
According to Boeing, the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in the company’s history. To date, it has received almost 3,700 orders from 87 customers across the world.
“This airplane will change the face of the single-aisle market,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. “We are thrilled to partner with Boeing to take the delivery of the world’s first Boeing 737 MAX,” added Malindo Air CEO Chandran Rama Muthy. “These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers.”
According to Boeing, the aircraft, powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, will deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market with 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s. Hexcel’s HexTow® IM7 carbon fiber is used to manufacture all the CFM International LEAP-1 engine fan blades and containment cases, including the LEAP-1B that powers the Boeing 737 MAX.
The engine nacelles have an acoustic inner barrel that is manufactured from Hexcel’s engineered core and benefits from Hexcel’s Acousti-Cap® technology. This technology is a leading contributor to the reduction of the area of acceptable noise contour of the 737 MAX engine by 40 percent.
Other major contributors to the airplane include Solvay, which supplied structural composite and adhesive materials, Quantum Composites, which provided epoxy/phenolic resin-based molding compounds, TenCate Advanced Composites, which supplied thermoplastic laminates, and Albany Engineered Composites, which supplied turbine engine blades.