How good is a MAX 7X and why would it replace the original? Part 3

By Bjorn Fehrm
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May 16, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In Part 1 and Part 2 of the article series we have described the rational for Boeing to change the definition of the 737-7 MAX into something that has the working name of 737-7X. This is a 737-7 variant that is based on a shortened 737-8.

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Figure 1. Boeing’s 737 MAX 7. Source: Boeing

In the previous articles we defined a probable size for such a cut down 737-8. The size is determined by economical criteria where the second most dominant cost in an airlines operation, the crewing cost, is the sizing criteria. These costs have a step increase if the aircraft's seating go beyond 150 seats.

We sized the 737-7X cabin size (and therefore fuselage length) to avoid such cost increases. In this article, we will compare the resulting main data for a 7X to the original 7 and compare their fuel efficiencies.


  • A 737-7X will be a larger and heavier aircraft than the original MAX 7.
  • As such it will consume more fuel per mission; its aircraft fuel mile costs will be higher.
  • The key comparison for an airline is the fuel consumption per seat mile for its missions. It would be vital that this is lower for a 7X than the presently defined 7.
  • We check if this is the case with our proprietary performance model.

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