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Thailand-based airline takes world’s first B737 MAX 9

March 26, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

You’ll be seeing a lot of the Boeing 737 MAX 9 in coming decades – it’s the fastest-selling aeroplane in Boeing history.

The first has just been delivered to Thai Lion Air, where its added capacity will help the airline launch several international routes.

Thai Lion Air is a low-cost airline operating with Thai partners as an associate company of Lion Air based in Indonesia. Thai Lion Air operates from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport.

The MAX 9’s extra capacity will help the airline add several international routes.

“The 737 MAX 9 is a perfect fit for our growing business in Thailand,” said Captain Darsito Hendro Seputro, chief executive and chairman of Thai Lion Air.

Ceremony to welcome new aircraft

“The 737 has been the backbone of our business since we began and we will use the added capacity the airplane provides to expand our network and start additional routes to Bangladesh, China and India.”

The Lion Air Group is the launch customer for the MAX 9. They were also the first operator to put the MAX 8 into service, and have announced a commitment for 50 MAX 10s. The Group also has an additional 200 737 MAXs on order and is one of the world’s largest operators of the 737.

“The Lion Air Group is the perfect example of how the 737 MAX family provides a common fleet solution across the single-aisle spectrum,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister commented.

“Not only will Lion Air Group benefit from the MAX’s range and capacity, they will enjoy the best economics and reliability in the industry.”

B737 MAX 9 in Thai Lion Air livery 

The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3550 nautical miles. With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, this airplane provides operators added capacity while maximizing profitability within their network.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Edited by Peter Needham

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