Finally some good news regarding the Boeing 737: no breakdowns, no problems and no fines to pay this time, simply an inauguration. And we are talking about the 737-10, the largest aircraft belonging to the MAX family, which made its first test flight last Friday taking off from Renton Field (Washington) at 10:07 am local time and landing two and a half hours later, at 12:38 pm, at Boeing Field of Seattle.
The US aeronautical company wanted to thoroughly test the vehicle, starting from the control and flight systems up to the software, aspects that in recent years have been responsible for serious failures that have also cost human lives. “The plane performed perfectly“, said a satisfied Jennifer Henderson, a pilot who had the privilege of trying the 737-10 for the first time in the world. Clearly we are only at the beginning: testing will continue for months to come, with the entry into service expected to start from 2023.
Boeing’s will is that of regain credibility in the eyes of passengers, of course, but also and above all of the regulatory body FAA which has been controlling for some time with greater intensity company activities compared to the past and verifying that all necessary actions are carried out to ensure the highest level of safety. In particular, all the requirements for the certification which, once received, will allow Boeing to deliver the giant 737-10 to the first airlines.
The 737-10 makes available more space than the current model and, at the same time, guarantees a lower fuel consumption and the “better economy per seat than any other single aisle aircraft“There are 230 seats dedicated to passengers, to which are added environmental benefits including a 14% reduction in carbon emissions and a 50% noise cut when compared to the current generation 737.