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Boeing sets roll-out date for 737 Max 9

Two months before the anticipated entry into service of the 737 Max 8, Boeing has scheduled the official roll-out of the first 737 Max 9 for 7 March in Renton, Washington.

The public debut of the stretched and re-engined single-aisle keeps the programme on track for first flight in April followed by entry into service in 2018.

The 737 Max 9 is 42.1m (138ft) long, a 2.6m stretch of the 737 Max 8.

Boeing also is gauging airline interest in a 1.68m stretch of the 737 Max 9, which has sold poorly compared to the Airbus A321neo.

The CFM International Leap-1B-powered 737 Max family has picked up more than 3,600 orders overall, but only about 220 for the 737 Max 9.

Meanwhile, Boeing is preparing the 737 Max 8 to enter service as early as April with launch operator Norwegian.

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