The jet is designed for up to 172 passengers and a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles (the longest range of the MAX airplane family), while having 18% lower fuel costs per seat compared to its predecessor, the 737-700.
The first MAX 7 will now undergo system checks, fueling and engine runs at Boeing's (BA -2.4%) Renton, Wash. factory and begin its flight testing program in the coming weeks.
The plane is scheduled to enter service in 2019, following delivery to launch customer Southwest Airlines.
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