Boeing has embarked on production of the first customer 737 Max which is due to be delivered to Southwest Airlines next year.

Vice-president of marketing Randy Tinseth referred to the development during an investor conference in London on 16 March.

“This week we started to roll down the production line the first airplane that will deliver to Southwest, next year,” he said. “So it’s an exciting time.”

The aircraft, in final assembly at the Renton facility, already has Southwest’s colours painted on the Max 8’s characteristic split wing-tips.

Tinseth stressed that the programme was on track, noting the encouraging performance of the aircraft during the initial stages of the flight-test campaign.

Source: Cirium Dashboard