First 737-8 MAX in Southwest colours

Photo by Chuyi Chuang

Earlier this month, Boeing completed their fourth prototype and first 737 MAX in launch customer Southwest’s colours. The aircraft is currently parked at their Renton facility, waiting for engines.

The new aircraft will offer up to 30% better fuel efficiency than current 737 models. The aircraft will also exceed the range of rival company Airbus’s A320neo.

The aircraft will enter service in mid-2017 after the launch date was moved up recently by Boeing. Southwest have ordered 200 aircraft in total. 170 737-8s and 30 of the shorter 737-7.

Earlier this year Southwest posted a photo of the aircraft in final assembly.

Southwest Airlines on Twitter

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