SEATTLE – On Friday, June 18, 2021, Boeing had successfully completed the first flight of the 737 MAX 10 completing a two-hour and 31-minute flight.

N27751 lifted off from Renton Municipal Airport at 10:07 am local time before having a successful touchdown at Boeing Field (King County International Airport) in Seattle at 12:38 pm. Boeing test pilots took the aircraft up to 25,000 feet and reached a top speed of 344 knots during the first sortie. 

Boeing 737 MAX 10. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways

“The airplane performed beautifully,” said 737 MAX 10 Chief Pilot Capt. Jennifer Henderson. “The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane’s systems, flight controls, and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected.”

Boeing 737 MAX 10. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways

Launch Customer

Chicago-based United Airlines (UA) will be the launch customer for the largest 737 MAX ever offered by the Boeing Company and the fifth iteration of the MAX family following the 737-8/9/7/8 200 and now /10. United expects the first aircraft entry into service in 2023.

“The 737-10 is an important part of our customers’ fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our team is committed to delivering an airplane with the highest quality and reliability.”

Boeing 737 MAX 10. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways

Boeing 737 MAX 10 Capacity, Engines

With the added sections to the aircraft, it is expected to seat up to 230 passengers in an all-economy layout, 188-204 with a mixed cabin while boasting a range of approximately 3,300 nautical miles. It is powered by the LEAP-1B like the rest of the MAX family.

Boeing launched this variant of the 737 MAX back in 2017 in response to the Airbus A321neo. It claims it will cover the same amount of seats as its competitor while boasting a 5% lower trip cost and 5% lower operating cost in comparison to the A321neo.

Boeing 737 MAX 10. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways

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An aviation photojournalist based in Seattle, aka Boeing's back yard. Brandon is also a freight train engineer for his day job. Prior to that he spent five years working with a Seattle based airline. But his true love is still in aviation and always trying to get the best and most interesting shot possible. He started off his aviation photojournalist career with NYCAviation and AirlineReporter before eventually finding his way to the Airways team where he is the Northwest contributor. Brandon is also an accomplished sports photojournalist having shot MLS Cup, the NFL, NCAA college football, NASCAR races and world-famous soccer teams such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.