By: AirTravellerPH Staff
American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has rolled-out its largest version of the controversial 737 Max, the Max 10, with little fanfare. The roll-out was witnessed by thousands of the company's employees. In a ceremony at Boeing's Renton Washington factory, the company's leaders recognized and team's accomplishments and efforts in completing the 737 Max 10.
In a press release from Boeing, Vice President and General Manager of the 737 Program Mark Jenks said, "Today is not just about a new airplane. It’s about the people who design, build and support it."
“This team’s relentless focus on safety and quality shows the commitment we have to our airline customers and every person who flies on a Boeing airplane," Jenks continued.
The 737 Max 10 is the largest variant in the 737 Max family which can seat up to 230 passengers and with a length of 43.8 meters. The aircraft will undergo system checks and engine runs before its first flight in 2020. The Max 10 has 550 commitment and orders from 20 customers worldwide.
737 Chief Pilot Jennifer Henderson said, "“I’m honored to take this airplane on its first flight and show the world what you’ve put your heart and soul into."
Despite facing controversies after the crash of Lion Air and Ethiopian Air 737 Max 8 aircraft causing the type to be grounded worldwide pending investigation, there are some airlines who recently placed orders. During the Dubai Air Show 2019, Air Astana signed a letter of intent for 30 Max 8s and Sun Express ordering 10.