Boeing Rolls Out 737 MAX 7, Smalles MAX Family

Boeing Rolls Out 737 MAX 7, Smalles MAX Family. Boeing launched the third and smallest member of the new 737 MAX jets family, the 737 MAX 7, at its Renton plant on Monday, February 5, 2018.

While in general, the MAX family sold very well, with more than 4,200 orders, the sales of the MAX 7 model have been very slow, despite a redesign in 2016 that stretched the fuselage to add two additional rows of seats.

Boeing Rolls Out 737 MAX 7, Smalles MAX Family, pic: Boeing 737 MAX 7

This model is a reduced version of the MAX 8 and consumes less fuel per seat. It faces competition from Bombardier's new CSeries CS300 aircraft, which has lower fuel and operating costs.

Airbus, which is in the process of acquiring the CSeries family of aircraft, said it will market the CS300 in preference to its own A319.

The only airline customers for MAX 7 so far are Southwest Airlines, Westjet of Canada, Chinese airline Ruili Airlines, the new Canadian low-cost airline and Air Lease Corp., and Southwest recently delivered 23 of its MAX 7s for four years.

The flight tests of the MAX 7 should begin in the next few days, before the first delivery next year.