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    New Boeing 737 MAX 8 Next Generation Airliner Takes to the Air for 1st Time

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    The new Boeing 737 MAX-8 civilian airliner has successfully completed its first test flight.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The new 737 MAX-8 next generation civilian airliner has successfully completed its first two hour and 47 minute test flight, Boeing announced in a news release.

    "[The] 737 MAX 8 remains on track for first delivery in [the] third quarter of 2017," the release stated on Friday. "[It] completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field… and landing… at Seattle's Boeing Field."

    The aircraft is equipped with advanced technology and more fuel-efficient engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the company noted.

    "The 737 MAX family has 2,200 orders from 47 customers worldwide."

    During the flight, the airliner reached a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) and an air speed of 250 knots, or about 288 miles (463 kilometers) per hour, Boeing added.


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