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Southwest becomes launch customer for MAX 7

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 16, 2013
A depiction of Southwest's MAX 7, which the airline expects to take delivery of from 2019. (Boeing)

US low-cost airline Southwest has become the launch customer the third member of the 737 MAX family – the MAX 7 – with an order for 30 of the type.

The MAX 7 is based on the current 737-700. The aircraft will incorporate the CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver improved efficiency, extending the range of the 737-700 by approximately 400nm (741 km).

The order, which is a conversion of an existing 737 next-generation commitment, brings Southwest’s total outstanding orders to 180 737 MAX and 137 current model 737s.

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Southwest is expected to take delivery of its first 737 MAX 7 in 2019.

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