Boeing 737 FamilyThu, 12/01/2016 - 11:58
More than 40 years after making its debut, Boeing’s 737 is on the verge of welcoming new members to the family: the 737 MAX range. The new relatives are the fourth generation of Boeing’s iconic plane and consist of four models: the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8, 737 MAX 9 and 737 MAX 200 promise efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal.
The 737 MAX will be the standard bearer for the singleaisle aircraft while the MAX 8 is expected to lead the market. The efficiency of the new models will reduce fuel consumption, generating savings for airlines. The 737 MAX 8, for instance, boasts a 14 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to its competitors.
A fleet of 100 737 MAX 8 aircraft would generate almost 350,000 fewer metric tons of CO2 emissions than a 100-aircraft fleet of today’s most efficient planes. This could save operators more than US$100 million and reduce operating prices by 8 percent per seat compared to Airbus’ A320neo, which would give the aircraft the lowest operating prices in the single-aisle segment.
Besides reducing air pollution, the new aircraft also contribute to the environment by cutting up to 40 percent of noise pollution and NOx emissions. In fact, the 737 MAX family will lower NOx by 50 percent more than the permitted limit established by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) of ICAO.
The fuel efficiency of the CFM International LEAP-1B engine included in 737 MAX models reaches an extended range of 6,510km, which is an increase of 629-1,055km over the previous 737 model, the Next-Generation. The 737 MAX also features Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglet, which helps reduce drag, particularly for longrange flights. The structural design of the newest member of the 737 family, combined with the engine’s thrust decrease and maintenance services required less frequently, are part of the advantages offered by the aircraft.
Currently, 99.7 percent of the flights featuring the NextGeneration are ready to depart within 15 minutes of the programmed time and the 737 MAX will improve on that. These new planes are expected to present 590 fewer flight delays per year, which would mean almost 65,000 fewer flight disruptions for passengers compared to the competition’s fleet. Beginning 2017, the 737 MAX family will take the single-aisle flight segment to new heights.