Southwest Airlines (Dallas) on October 1, 2017 added a new aircraft type to its fleet. The carrier put nine copies of the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 into revenue service today. The airline becomes the first U.S. carrier to operate the new type. Southwest was the launch customer.
The first revenue flight retraced the original route of Dallas (Love) – Houston (Hobby) – San Antonio – Dallas (Love).
The delayed inaugural flight was predicated on the retirement of the Boeing 737-300 fleet.
Southwest is planning to have 14 MAX 8s in service by the end of the year.
The company is committed to 170 MAX 8s and 30 MAX 7s.
The pictured N8706W is one of two MAX 8s that operated into Los Angeles today.
Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8706W (msn 42559) LAX (Derin Allard). Image: 939350.