The newest model Boeing 737 MAX 10 completed its first test flight

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A , the newest model produced by the company, completed its first test flight Friday. The aircraft took off from Renton at 10:07 local time in Seattle. The only people on board were the two pilots, Jennifer Henderson and Jim Webb. The pilots flew for about 2 1/2 hours over Washington state and did a touch-and-go maneuver at an airport near Moses Lake, Washington, before returning to land at Boeing Field in Seattle. In the future, the jet could fly some longer paths as Boeing gets closer to receiving final certification for the aircraft to enter commercial service.

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Chicago-based Boeing expects to begin delivering Max 10s to airlines in 2023. It is supposed to go first to United Airlines, which is a major MAX 10 customer. Other major customers for the MAX 10 include Virgin Australia and Copa Airlines. Boeing launched the 737 MAX 10 at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The MAX 10 can seat 230 passengers in a two-class layout. Boeing believes the jet will offer 5% lower trip costs than its competitors. The aircraft was projected to be ideal for running short- and medium-haul missions. As it is described on Boeing’s website, the 737 MAX 10 „ incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency.”