The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has passed a key milestone after completing high altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia, which incorporated the first international flight for the 737 MAX flight test fleet.
El Alto International Airport’s 13,300ft (4,050m) altitude tested the MAX’s capability to take off and land at high altitudes, as this can affect overall airplane performance.
“The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That’s exactly what we wanted to see,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Flight testing for the 737 MAX is on schedule; three test airplanes have completed more than 100 flights combined. The fourth and final test airplane will make its first flight in the coming weeks and the program remains on track for first delivery in the third quarter of 2017.
May 6, 2016