The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has marked a big achievement after completing high altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia. It was the first international trip for the 737 MAX flight-test fleet.
The airport’s 13,300 foot/ 4,050 meter altitude tested the MAX’s capability of taking off and landing at high altitudes, which can affect overall aircraft performance.
Keith Leverkuhn, the Vice President and general manager of the 737 MAX program, said “The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That’s exactly what we wanted to see.”
Boeing said the flight testing is on schedule with the three test planes having completed more than 100 flights combined. The fourth and final test plane will make its first flight in the coming weeks. This means the first delivery remains scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.