The first flight of the 737 MAX 8 has been successfully completed.
The first flight of the 737 MAX 8 has been successfully completed.

Boeing report that the first flight of the 737 MAX 8 has been successfully completed.

Spirit AeroSystems produced the 737 MAX fuselage, pylon, thrust reverser and engine nacelle at its Wichita, Kansas, facility and the wing leading edges at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility. BHA Aero Composite Parts Co Ltd made the composite aircraft interiors. Cytec Engineered Materials, Inc supplied carbon fiber for the aircraft.

‘We're proud to celebrate this first flight milestone with Boeing,’ said Spirit president and CEO Larry Lawson. ‘Spirit has delivered over 8,000 737s since they entered service and we look forward to continuing the 737 legacy through this newest variant 737 MAX.’

The 737 MAX 8 is the first member in Boeing's new family of single-aisle airplanes – the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9 – to begin flight testing. Delivery of the first 737 MAX is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

This story uses material from Spirit AeroSystems, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.