Boeing MAX program progresses well

Our coverage of the Farnborough Air Show begins today with an interview with Keith Leverkuhn, VP and GM of the Boeing 737 program. There will be a combination of paywall and freewall posts.

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Keith Leverkuhn, VP and GM of the Boeing 737 program. AIN Online photo via Google Images.

program is going well, with the company looking for ways to add improvements to the airplane even before it enters service next year.

Improvements, which include airplane and engine components, are intended to provide dispatch reliability close to the 99.98% of the 737 NG and extend on-wing time for the reliable CFM56 engine that has powered the 737 since introduction of the 737-300 in 1984, says Keith Leverkuhn, VP and GM of the 737 program.

  • Many of the major tests are completed.
  • Boeing, CFM see opportunities to insert components into the LEAP-1B during flight testing to extend on-wing time from entry-into-service.
  • MAX 7X (or “7.5”) can be done within the “confines” of the current MAX program.
  • A larger MAX isn’t ready to go yet.

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