Boeing 737 MAX 8

$121.6 million first version of the 737 MAX series as of 2019

Boeing 737 MAX 8 Southwest Airlines touchdown
photo: Tomás Del Coro

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the first variant in the 737 MAX family and was designed to replace the former 737-800 aircraft. The 737 MAX features the greatest flexibility, reliability, and efficiency in the single-aisle market, incorporating modern technologies such as the Boeing Sky Interior and an advanced flight deck.

Manufacturer:
Boeing
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
2014 to: 2020
ICAO:
B38M
Price:
US$121.6 million (2019)

Specifications

Avionics:
Collins Aerospace
Engine:
2x CFM International LEAP-1B
turbofan
Power:
29,317 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
453 knots
839 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
3,550 Nautical Miles
6,575 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
41,000 feet
Rate of Climb:

Take Off Distance:
2500 metre - 8,202.00 feet
Landing Distance:
1500 metre - 4,921.20 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
82,191 Kg
181,198 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
69,309 Kg
152,799 lbs
Max Payload:
20,882 Kg
46,036 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
6,820 gallon
25,816 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
210 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
4.01 metre - 13.16 feet
Cabin Width:
3.53 metre - 11.58 feet
Cabin Length:
39.12 metre - 128.34 feet
Exterior Length:
39.52 metre - 129.66 feet
Tail height:
Fuselage Diameter:
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
35.9 metre - 117.78 feet
Wing Tips:
split: Split Scimitar Winglet
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Description

On July 23, 2013, Boeing completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This achievement marked the completion of the primary trade studies that describe the capabilities of the 737 MAX series. The 737 MAX is thirteen percent more fuel-efficient compared with today’s most efficient single-aisle aircraft and eight percent more fuel-efficient per seat compared with future’s competition. In 2017, during a test flight held for Aviation Week, the aircraft cruised at a true airspeed of 449 knots with a weight of 63,700 kg, at a lower than optimal altitude of FL 350 and with an unusually far forward center of gravity, while consuming 2,020 kg of fuel per hour.

On May 2, 2016, the MAX 8 completed its first international flight-test trip in La Paz, Bolivia. The airport’s 13,300-foot altitude tested the aircraft’s capability to take off and land at high altitudes which can affect its performance. On May 22, 2017, it conducted its first commercial flight operated by Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore as Flight OD803.

The MAX 8 has an exterior length of 39.52 meters, a height of 12.3 meters, and a wheelbase of 15.60 meters. The cabin length is 39.12 meters, the cabin height is 4.01 meters, and the cabin width is 3.53 meters.

The aircraft is powered by two CFM International LEAP-1B turbofan engines. Each engine produces a maximum power of 29,317 lbf. It has a maximum cruise speed of 453 knots and a travel range of 3,550 nautical miles. It also features a redesigned tail cone and the new Advanced Technology Winglet to reduce fuel use. Other modifications included flight deck display upgrades, Boeing Sky Interior, an electronic bleed air system, and fly-by-wire spoiler flight controls.

The MAX 8 has a maximum takeoff weight of 82,191 kg, a maximum landing weight of 69,309 kg, and a maximum payload of 20,882 kg.

In March 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded worldwide after 346 people were killed in two MAX 8 crashes from Lion Air Flight 610 on October 29, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019.