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Continuing Evolvement of the 737…

May 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Last December, the airline I fly for placed a rather LARGE order for Boeing’s newest iteration of their venerable and seemingly timeless 737, the 737 MAX. In fact, we will be the new aircraft’s launch customer, with deliveries starting in 2017 or sooner.

The 737 MAX is Boeing’s answer to airline’s demands for a more fuel-efficient airframe in the 120 to 175 seat category. Efficiency improvements will be realized through a combination of new bleedless engines (meaning that air is not sapped from the engines to run things like anti-ice and pressurization/environmental systems, instead relying on electrically powered systems for those things), and aerodynamic tweaks.

One of the latest aerodynamic tweaks will be a new drag-reducing winglet design.

 

 

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