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United Airlines’ first 737 MAX 9 takes flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9, delivered on April 23, 2018

United Airlines (UAL) on June 7, 2018 became the first North American carrier to operate the fuel efficient Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft. The brand new plane entered service as United flight UA 686 between United’s hub at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Orlando International Airport in Florida. The MAX is also scheduled to operate flights today between Houston and Anchorage, Alaska and Houston and Austin, Texas.

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

All customers on United’s first MAX flights from Houston today will also receive first flight certificates, travel cases and headphones to commemorate their trip on United’s newest aircraft.

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

The 737 MAX utilizes Viasat next-generation satellite Wi-Fi, providing access to faster, more reliable internet connections gate to gate. United will expand Viasat Wi-Fi to more than 70 aircraft, including at least 58 new 737 MAX planes over the next three years.

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

The 737 MAX uses Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines to provide a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel. With a longer range than previous 737 models, United is able to operate the 737 MAX between Houstonand Anchorage, Alaska, which previously needed to be served with larger aircraft. United expects to have 10 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet by the end of this year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N67501 (msn 43430) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 941629.

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Alaska Airlines converts 15 737-8 MAX 8 orders to MAX 9s

Alaska Airlines has converted 15 Boeing 737-9 MAX 8s on order to the larger 737-9 MAX 9. This brings its MAX 9 total on order to 32 according to FlightGlobal.

The first MAX aircraft will arrive in 2019.

Alaska initially ordered  20 737 MAX 8s, 17 737 MAX 9s and 13 Next-Generation 737-900ERs.

Image: Boeing.

 

United Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9, delivered on April 23, 2018

United Airlines announced today that it has taken delivery of its first 737 MAX 9 aircraft from the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle, WA. The new aircraft, which arrived right after Earth Day, reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions significantly compared with older generation aircraft. In honor of this more eco-friendly aircraft, United has given the MAX a new livery, similar to its fuel-efficient Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, so that employees and customers can easily recognize the plane and its superior fuel efficiency.

United expects to take delivery of two more 737 MAX 9 aircraft this month, and will have 10 737 MAX 9 aircraft by the end of 2018. As previously announced, the aircraft will enter United’s schedule June 7 with service between the airline’s hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities – Anchorage, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Orlando, FL. and San Diego. The aircraft will operate on additional routes from Houston and Los Angeles International Airport starting June 29.

As previously reported, United Airlines announced it has added its newest aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, to its domestic flight schedules. The MAX 9 features Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines providing a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel.

United expects to begin operating MAX 9 aircraft on June 7, between its hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities. Beginning June 29, United expects to add additional MAX 9 flights from its Houston and Los Angeles hubs including service between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

“The addition of the MAX 9 furthers our efforts to become a more efficient and productive airline. It has better fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and does all of this while maximizing customer comfort,” said United’s Chief Financial Officer Andrew Levy. This year, United will receive 10 new MAX 9 aircraft from Boeing and will continue to add service from its hubs to cities throughout the United States.

Scheduled Boeing 737 MAX 9 service

Date

United Hub

Destination

Depart

Arrive

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Anchorage (ANC)

2:40 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Austin (AUS)

10:25 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

2:20 p.m.

5:52 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

7:35 a.m.

10:38 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

2:50 p.m.

6:19 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

San Diego (SAN)

9:50 p.m.

10:52 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Honolulu (HNL)

11:05 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

8:15 a.m.

1:37 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

1:00 a.m.

6:14 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

7:45 a.m.

9:23 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

9:35 p.m.

10:59 p.m.

 June 29

Houston (IAH)

Sacramento (SMF)

9:50 p.m.

11:27 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

2:50 p.m.

6:02 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

7:50 a.m.

10:59 a.m.

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 features 179 seats including 20 United First seats in a 2-2 configuration, 48 in Economy Plus in a 3-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 111 United Economy seats in a 3-3 configuration with at least 30 inches of pitch. Customers also have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi. United Private Screening personal device entertainment will be available throughout the aircraft and enables customers to play thousands of hours of movies and television programs on their electronic devices.

United’s new, extra-spacious United First seat features contoured, two-tone leather, a six-way adjustable headrest and a padded articulating seat cushion. The seat is equipped with storage spaces for personal items, including an in-arm tablet/laptop slot, a personal water bottle console and double seatback pockets. The seat also features a new tray table design with a flip-up mobile device holder that fits more than 200 phone and tablet models, and a universal AC power plug to charge devices on the fly. A granite-topped extendable cocktail table in the center console adds an extra bit of elegance, keeping the tray table free for eating, working or staying entertained.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N67501 (msn 43430) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 941629.

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United Airlines announces its first quarter results

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 in Dreamliner livery

United Airlines has announced its first quarter 2018 financial results.

  • UAL reported first quarter net income of $147 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.52, pre-tax earnings of $184 million and pre-tax margin of 2.0 percent.
  • Excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $143 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.50, pre-tax earnings of $179 million and pre-tax margin of 2.0 percent.
  • UAL has repurchased $747 million of its common shares year-to-date through April 16, 2018, representing approximately 4 percent of its shares outstanding as of year-end 2017.
  • Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 2.7 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) increased 3.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 4.3 percent year-over-year.
  • First quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 0.6 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL now expects full-year 2018 diluted earnings per share, excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, to be $7.00 to $8.501.

“The exceptional operational performance United’s employees delivered over the past quarter is impressive.  Even more so when we consider United achieved the best departure performance among our largest competitors despite four nor’easters and other weather disruptions.” said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines. “With our first-quarter financial results and our increased confidence in the outlook for the remainder of the year, we are tightening our adjusted EPS guidance range for the full year to $7.00 to $8.50. We continue to execute our strategy to strengthen and grow our domestic network, drive asset efficiency and productivity, while also continuing our focus on our customers.”

First-Quarter Highlights

Operations and Employees

  • Ranked first among our largest competitors in on-time departures and second among the same group in fewest cancelled flights.
  • Introduced and began training our team on United’s new customer service decision framework, the core4, which focuses on the principles of being safe, caring, dependable and efficient.
  • Ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
  • Announced new global partnership with the Special Olympics.
  • Flew hundreds of Team USA Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 athletes – along with coaches and family members – to PyeongChang, South Korea, continuing the 38-year relationship between United and the United States Olympic Committee.

Customer Experience

  • Announced United Premium Plus that will provide more space, comfort and amenities on select international flights starting later this year.
  • Expanded menu selections for our Snack Shop and Bistro on Board and launched a new menu for customers flying from Canada to the U.S.
  • Announced that consumers can now earn and use United MileagePlus award miles at participating BP retail stations.
  • Eliminated charges for customers’ second checked bag on all routes from North America to China and Hong Kong.

Network and Fleet

  • Launched two new international routes from Houston to Sydney and Denver to London.
  • Announced new service between six domestic hubs and eight destinations in California, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • As part of our joint venture relationship, Air New Zealand announced new nonstop service between Aucklandand Chicago beginning this fall.
  • Announced year-round service between San Francisco and Auckland beginning April 2019.
  • Awarded tentative authority by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin offering daily nonstop service between Houston and Havana, Cuba.
  • Took delivery of six new aircraft: four Boeing 787-9s and two Boeing 777-300ERs.
  • Announced newest aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, to be introduced in domestic flight schedules starting in June.
  • Entered into an agreement to purchase 20 used Airbus A319 aircraft with expected delivery dates scheduled in 2020 and 2021.

Copyright Photo: The first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 is being prepared for the handover. United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60659 (N67501) (msn 43430) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941611.

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United’s new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9s to adopt the updated “wavy” 2012 787 livery

First flight for the first United Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

Boeing has now finished the painting of the first new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 (N67591, msn 43430, line number 6834, fleet number 7501) (above) for United Airlines.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60659 (N67501) (msn 43439) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941210.

United has now decided the new type will adopt the updated “wavy gold cheatline” livery introduced in 2012 on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Aviation writer Edward Russell has introduced a peek of N67501 on social media:

Previously United Airlines announced it has added the Boeing 737 MAX 9 to its domestic flight schedules. The MAX 9 features Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines providing a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel.

United expects to begin operating MAX 9 aircraft on June 7, between its hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities. Beginning June 29, United expects to add additional MAX 9 flights from its Houston and Los Angeles hubs including service between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Scheduled Boeing 737 MAX 9 service

Date

United Hub

Destination

Depart

Arrive

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Anchorage (ANC)

2:40 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Austin (AUS)

10:25 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

2:20 p.m.

5:52 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

7:35 a.m.

10:38 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

2:50 p.m.

6:19 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

San Diego (SAN)

9:50 p.m.

10:52 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Honolulu (HNL)

11:05 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

8:15 a.m.

1:37 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

1:00 a.m.

6:14 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

7:45 a.m.

9:23 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

9:35 p.m.

10:59 p.m.

 June 29

Houston (IAH)

Sacramento (SMF)

9:50 p.m.

11:27 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

2:50 p.m.

6:02 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

7:50 a.m.

10:59 a.m.

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 features 179 seats including 20 United First seats in a 2-2 configuration, 48 in Economy Plus in a 3-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 111 United Economy seats in a 3-3 configuration with at least 30 inches of pitch. Customers also have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi. United Private Screening personal device entertainment will be available throughout the aircraft and enables customers to play thousands of hours of movies and television programs on their electronic devices.

United’s new, extra-spacious United First seat features contoured, two-tone leather, a six-way adjustable headrest and a padded articulating seat cushion. The seat is equipped with storage spaces for personal items, including an in-arm tablet/laptop slot, a personal water bottle console and double seatback pockets. The seat also features a new tray table design with a flip-up mobile device holder that fits more than 200 phone and tablet models, and a universal AC power plug to charge devices on the fly. A granite-topped extendable cocktail table in the center console adds an extra bit of elegance, keeping the tray table free for eating, working or staying entertained.

Boeing delivers the first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

(PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Lion Air Group and Boeing on March 21 celebrated the very first 737 MAX 9 to be delivered. The airplane will go into service with Thai Lion Air, where its added capacity will help the airline launch several international routes.

The Lion Air Group is the launch customer for the MAX 9. They were also the first operator to put the MAX 8 into service, and have announced a commitment for 50 MAX 10s. The Group also has an additional 200 737 MAXs on order and is one of the world’s largest operators of the 737.

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 maximizing profitability within their network.

Top Photo: Boeing.

Below Copyright Photo: Thai Lion Air (Lion Group) Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 HS-LSH (msn 42991) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941313.

First MAX 9, delivered on March 21, 2018

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The first United Airlines MAX 9 makes its first flight

First flight for the first United Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

On Sunday, March 11, the first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 for United Airlines completed its first flight from Renton to Boeing Field via Moses Lake.
The first MAX 9 will become N67501 (msn 43430, ln 6834).
When photographed, the airliner was unpainted (except the rudder and winglets) and had a test registration of N67501. The aircraft also had small “Experimental” stickers by the entry doors.
This will be the first 737-9 MAX 9 for a North American operator.
Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60659 (N67501) (msn 43439) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941210.
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