Boeing announced that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the 737 MAX 8 airplane for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 737 MAX 8 delivery to customers in the coming months.

To earn certification for the 737 MAX 8, Boeing explained that it undertook a comprehensive test program that began just over one year ago with four airplanes, plus ground and laboratory testing. Following a rigorous certification process, the FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate for the 737 MAX 8, verifying the design complies with required aviation regulations and is safe and reliable.

"This certification is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of our entire MAX team throughout the process, from airplane design to flight testing," said Keith Leverkuhn, Vice President And General Manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The Renton [Washington, USA] team looks forward to delivering superior efficiency, reliability and design to our customers as they start to receive their 737 MAX aircraft in the next few months."

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On the 7th of March 2017, Boeing unveiled the first 737 MAX 9, the second member of Boeing's 737 MAX family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles (6,509 km). The airplane manufactured at Renton (Washington) facility now begins system checks, fueling and engine runs on the flight line. Once completed, the airplane will begin flight testing in the coming weeks – the final phase of verification of the operational characteristics and overall performance of a new airplane.
 

The MAX 8 and 9 will be followed in 2019 by the smaller MAX 7 and higher capacity MAX 200, while studies and discussion continue with customers on growing the family.

According to Boeing, 737 MAX family is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 3,600 orders to date from 83 customers worldwide.