Commercial debut of the Boeing 737 MAX 7 is pushed to 2024

Planemaker acknowledged in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the aircraft should not have certification as previously planned

The start of commercial operation of the 737 MAX 7 was delayed once again. Boeing, through a filing sent to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), acknowledged that the aircraft will only enter service in 2024 and not this year.

According to the document, the planemaker intends to obtain the aircraft’s Type Certification in 2023, but there would not be enough time for the MAX 7 to enter service, initially with Southwest Airlines, its launch customer.

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The 737 MAX program has been experiencing major delays following the two fatal accidents that crippled the fleet between 2019 and 2021.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has been more careful in approving the changes aimed at increasing the safety of the aircraft, which affected the MAX 7 and MAX 10 variants, of smaller and larger capacity of the family.

Boeing 737 MAX 10 (Ricardo Meier)

Boeing also told the SEC that it expects the FAA to begin MAX 10 certification flights as early as 2023, after approving the 737 MAX 7.

With capacity for up to 230 passengers, the MAX 10 is currently the only possible opponent to curb the record sales of the Airbus A321neo. Boeing is working on certifying the aircraft in 2024.


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