Boeing delivers first 737 MAX to Malindo Air
Sixteen months after Airbus delivered the first A320neo to Lufthansa, Boeing has officially handed over the first aircraft from its competing 737 MAX family. The aircraft, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over to Malindo Air at the Seattle Delivery Center on 16th May. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service.
In addition to the 737 MAX 8, which seats 162 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, the Boeing 737 MAX family also includes the MAX 7 (138 passengers) and the MAX 9 (178 passengers). All three versions are powered by LEAP-1B engines from GE-Safran joint venture CFM International.
The family could be extended to include a hypothetical MAX 10, a stretched variant currently being studied by Boeing but not yet officially launched.
Malindo Air was created in 2013 as a joint venture between Indonesia’s Lion Air — which has 200 737 MAX aircraft on order — and a Malaysian group called National Aerospace and Defense Industries, which holds 51% of the JV. Hence the name, a combination of MALaysia and INDOnesia. The new aircraft carries the livery of Batik Malaysia, the brand used for the company’s international operations.