New Boeing 737 MAX 8 next generation airliner takes to the air for 1st time
The new 737 MAX-8 next generation civilian airliner has successfully completed its first two hour and 47 minute test flight, Boeing announced in a news release.
"[The] 737 MAX 8 remains on track for first delivery in [the] third quarter of 2017," the release stated on Friday. "[It] completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field... and landing... at Seattle's Boeing Field."
The aircraft is equipped with advanced technology and more fuel-efficient engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the company noted.
During the flight, the airliner reached a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an air speed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour, Boeing added.