Boeing said Wednesday at the Paris Air Show that its first 737 MAX would be delivered a quarter earlier than previously expected — in the third quarter of 2017 instead of fourth quarter.
“We have informed our customers and they are pleased they will be able to put these more fuel-efficient airplanes in their fleets sooner than planned,” Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said during a briefing at the 2013 Paris Air Show.
“Through our disciplined development on the 737 MAX program, the team has retired key technology risks,” Fancher said, according to a Boeing statement.
That first customer is Southwest Airlines, which officially launched the MAX family with an order for 150 jets in December 2011. Its total order is now 180 planes of the -7 and -8 variants.
At the Air Show Boeing also announced that leasing company CIT Aerospace has placed an order for 30 737 MAX 8s.
Boeing said the 737 MAX configuration is set to be final in July, and detailed design of the airplane is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Boeing executives said last month they expect to add several hundred workers this year at the Renton plant that now builds the 737 and will build the MAX version as well.