Boeing’s newest single-aisle aircraft, the 737 MAX, has started production and is scheduled to make its first flight in 2016 and first delivery in 2017. It will deliver a 20% increase in fuel efficiency.
The latest version of the aircraft reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions by 20% compared to the original Next-Generation 737 that entered service in 1998. The MAX family of aircraft includes four variants (737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9), designed for between 126 and 220 passengers (depending on airline configurations).
The 737 MAX 200 is a high-capacity variant based on the 737 MAX 8 which can accommodate more than 200 seats delivering an aircraft that is up to 20% more efficient than today’s most efficient single-aisle planes.
The 737 MAX incorporates new CFM International LEAP-1B engines and other aerodynamic improvements to lower fuel use including Boeing’s advanced technology winglet, which increases fuel efficiency by 1.8% compared to the current 737 winglet. This will result in less drag and further optimise the 737 MAX performance especially on longer-range missions
Boeing estimates that when compared to a fleet of 100 of today's most fuel-efficient aircraft, this new model will emit 350,000 fewer tonnes of CO2, which translates into more than $112 million in cost savings, based on typical missions and utilisation.