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Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 enters regular service

The second MAX 8 for Air Canada

Air Canada embarked on December 12, 2017 on the next phase of its transformation with the entry into scheduled service of its new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft. Flight AC137 from Toronto to Calgary this morning was the first to be operated using the 169-seat, fuel-efficient aircraft, featuring Air Canada’s next generation in-flight entertainment system, spacious overhead storage bin capacity and Boeing’s Sky Interior. Throughout the day it will then fly passengers from Calgary to Montreal, followed by service from Montreal to Vancouver.

Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX In-flight Entertainment (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Introducing a new aircraft type to the fleet is always exciting for an airline, but we know customers will be even more thrilled by the Boeing 737 MAX, which is set to become the mainstay of our North American, narrow-body fleet. With this new aircraft we are introducing the next generation of our onboard entertainment system and customers will find ample storage space for carry-on baggage in its generous overhead bins,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“The 737 MAX is also more fuel efficient and quieter than the older, narrow-body aircraft it will replace, benefitting the environment. This increased efficiency will also enable us to compete more effectively and gives the aircraft extended range capabilities so we can launch new city pairings within North America, and routes to select international destinations. Combined with our fleet of Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX will ensure Air Canada continues to have one of the most modern fleets among global carriers,” said Mr. Smith.

Air Canada has 61 firm orders for the 737 MAX. They are to be delivered by 2021, with 18 due to enter the fleet by the end of 2018. Its first scheduled flights in North America include service to Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. The aircraft is also scheduled to operate internationally to Keflavik, Dublin and Shannon starting in summer 2018. Air Canada has configured the 737 MAX in two cabins of service, North American Business and Economy. Features of the new aircraft include:

  • Premium comfort and ambiance with improved seats and innovative LED mood lighting along the ceiling;
  • An upgraded in-flight entertainment system with a sleek, new 15 language user interface. Coming soon, passengers will be able to stream video and audio to their own devices;
  • Faster Wi-Fi due to antennas with the highest bandwidth available in the industry, available starting in early 2018;
  • Upgraded overhead storage space compartments offer additional space for every single passenger to bring a carry-on bag;
  • The latest quiet engine technology for up to 40 percent less noise, meaning more peace and quiet for customers when flying;
  • The 737 MAX uses 20 percent less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737.

Internationally the new type, as previously reported, will be assigned to the Toronto (Pearson) – Shannon route starting on June 2, 2018 (below).

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6066U (C-FSCY) (msn 61208) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940163.


ALC leases the first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 to LOT Polish Airlines


LOT Polish Airlines' first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, delivered on December 1, 2017

Air Lease Corporation has announced the delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Seattle, Washington.  The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, is the first of six 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft on long term lease to LOT Polish Airlines from ALC’s order book with Boeing.  This event also marks the first Boeing 737 MAX to operate in Central and East Europe, as well as the first 737 MAX aircraft in LOT Polish Airlines’ fleet.

Officially the pictured Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) was handed over on December 1, 2017. It departed for Warsaw via a fuel stop at Keflavik, Iceland.

Since inception, ALC has purchased and delivered 75 new 737-800s and ordered a total of 130 737 MAX aircraft, the first of which delivered to LOT.

Later, Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the first 737 MAX for the carrier, ushering the new and improved 737 airplane into the central and east Europe market. The jet is also the first MAX placed by leading airplane lessor Air Lease Corporation.

Boeing, LOT Polish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier's 737 MAX. The airplane is seen here departing Boeing's delivery center in Seattle. (Paul Gordon photo).

LOT, the Polish flag carrier, plans to take delivery of additional MAX airplanes as part of its strategy to profitably grow its airline.

The 737 MAX delivers the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market by incorporating the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements. The efficiency gains helped make the MAX the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history with more than 4,000 orders to date from 92 customers worldwide.


Apart from the six 737 MAX 8s, LOT plans to expand its fleet of super-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliners by adding four more 787-9s by the end of 2019.

The airline is using the new airplanes to grow its network. Since 2016, LOT has announced the launch of 42 routes, including long-haul service from Warsaw to Los Angeles, Newark and Kraków to Chicago. In May 2018, LOT will launch connections from Warsaw to Singapore as well as from Budapest to New York City and Chicago.

Copyright Photo:  Joe G. Walker. LOT Polish’s first 737-8 MAX 8, SP-LVA (msn 64067) departs BFI at 15:58 as flight “Pole Lot 9737” on December 1 bound for KEF.


Shanghai Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Shanghai Airlines, delivered on November 27, 2017

Shanghai Airlines on November 27, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured MAX 8 was handed over as B-1382.

Copyright Photo: Shanghai Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6046P (B-1382) (msn 61621) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939454.

China Southern takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1206 (msn 63245) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939951.

China Southern Airlines on November 28, 2017 received from Boeing its first 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured B-1206 departed for China.

Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1206 (msn 63245) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939951.

flydubai announces new seasonal routes for summer 2018

Flydubai announces 4th year of profitability and 25% increase in passengers

Dubai-based flydubai has announced the launch of two new seasonal destinations for next year: Dubrovnik, Croatia and Kutaisi, Georgia; the latest additions to flydubai’s European network for the 2018 summer period.


flydubai becomes the first carrier to operate direct flights to Dubrovnik (above) from the UAE. Flights to the popular Croatian coastal city will operate up to four times a week from April 10 until October 25, 2018. Along with Tbilisi and Batumi, Kutaisi (below) will become flydubai’s third point in Georgia and will be served with three weekly flights between June 14 and September 22, 2018.


This brings the number of destinations on flydubai’s European network for next year’s summer to 22 points including 11 points in Russia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, two points in Ukraine and the new seasonal route to Croatia.

Flights to Batumi, Georgia will resume from June 16 until September 30 next year with a daily flight, an increase from the three-weekly service operated last summer. Tivat on the other hand, will resume with up to three weekly flights from March 26 until October 26, 2018, replacing the existing service to Podgorica currently operating during the winter schedule. Qabala, flydubai’s second point in Azerbaijan, will resume from June 14 until September 30, 2018 with a four-weekly service, an increase from the previous twice-weekly service.

Copyright Photo (all others by flydubai): Flydubai Boeing 737-8KN WL A6-FEX (msn 40278) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 927812.

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Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 to enter service on December 11

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for AC, will become  C-FTJV,  fleet number 501

Starting December 11, 2017, the first Boeing 737 Max aircraft will enter Air Canada’s fleet and begin flying within Canada.

The aircraft will initially be deployed on select flights on the following routes:

  • Montreal – Calgary
  • Montreal – Toronto
  • Montreal – Vancouver
  • Toronto – Ottawa

The Boeing 737 aircraft will gradually replace Air Canada’s existing mainline fleet of Airbus narrowbody aircraft, creating one of the world’s youngest, most fuel efficient and simplified airline fleets.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N60436 (C-FTJV) (msn 61207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939707.

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Aerolineas Argentinas takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Aerolineas Argentinas, delivered on November 22, 2017

On November 22, 2017 Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, the pictured LV-GVD (msn 64207). LV-GVD arrived at the Buenos Aires base the following day via a refueling stop at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The new type is expected to enter revenue service on December 1, 2017. The company is expected to have 20 copies by 2020.

Finally on December 4, 2017, Boeing issued this statement and photo:

Boeing and Aerolíneas Argentinas on December 4 celebrated the delivery and commercial debut of the first 737 MAX airplane for the airline and for Latin America.

Aerolíneas took delivery of the airplane, a MAX 8, in late November and flew the first commercial flight about a week later from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, becoming the first in the region to operate the new and improved 737 airplane.

Aerolíneas Argentinas is experiencing strong growth, with a 15 percent increase in passenger traffic in the past year, and a 22 percent increase since 2015. To support that growth, the airline plans to take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes and use them on flights regionally and, later in 2018, to the Caribbean.

The Aerolíneas Argentinas MAX 8 is configured for 170 passengers and fly 3,515 nautical miles (6,510 kilometers).

Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 LV-GVD (msn 64207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939884.