Woodys Aeroimages captured a subtle change on Ryanair’s new high capacity Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 airplanes.
Apparently the airline (or Boeing) has made a marketing decision to change the designation from “737 MAX” to an unofficial “737-8200” designation. The 200 refers to the seating capacity of Ryanair’s version.
The type certificate still has the type listed as the Boeing 737-8. MAX 8 is a marketing name developed by Boeing. Given all of bad news, Boeing will probably have to rebrand the type once all fixes are approved and implemented.
The Wall Street Journal is now reporting the type may be grounded into 2020 due to rising safety concerns.