The first Boeing 737 MAX 9 went into service with Thai Lion Air on 21 Mar 2018 and were also the first operator to put the MAX 8 into service, and have announced a commitment for 50 MAX 10s.
Capt. Darsito Hendro Seputro, CEO and Chairman of Thai Lion Air said , “The 737 MAX 9 is a perfect fit for our growing business in Thailand. The 737 has been the backbone of our business since we began and we will use the added capacity the airplane provides to expand our network and start additional routes to Bangladesh, China and India.”
Boeing had announced on 16 Feb 2018 that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded its 737 MAX 9 the certification it requires to enter commercial service. This award came at a record time for the manufacturer, as it had taken less than two years for the MAX 9 to be ready to join the airline park.
Boeing writes in their website 737 MAX 9 is the perfect answer to the need for growth while maintaining maximum airline profitability. It has the longest range in its sector without the investment in any auxiliary fuel tanks, and with one auxiliary tank, matches the versatility of the 737 MAX 8 with a range of 3,515 nautical miles.
The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles. With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, this airplane provides operators added capacity while maximising profitability.The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.