Southwest Airlines (Dallas) decided it did not want a ceremony afterall at Dallas (Love Field) for the delivery flight arrival of its first new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (N8710M). The airline cancelled the delivery event at its base due to the on-going flooding of former Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.
Southwest was the launch customer of the new Boeing type but delayed its delivery and was not the first airline to take delivery nor the first to put the new type into revenue service. Malindo Air (Lion Air) will hold that title.
N8710M, operating as flight SWA8701/WN8701, departed from Boeing Field at 10:58 am and arrived at DAL at 15:16 (4:16 pm) local time on August 29, 2017 according to FlightAware.
Southwest has ordered 200 copies and plans to receive a total of 14 this year.
The new type will enter revenue service on October 1, 2017. The carrier decided to delay the inaugural flight until it could retire its last Boeing 737-300 as previously reported.
The last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight is currently scheduled for September 29, 2017.
Copyright Photo: Sister Ship: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8706W (msn 42559) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 937642.
Boeing and Air Lease Corporation have finalized an order for 12 737 MAXs first announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The agreement also includes two new orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner.
The deal includes five 737 MAX 7s and seven 737 MAX 8s, bringing ALC’s total MAX orders to 130. The leasing company has now ordered a total of 49 Dreamliners.
Boeing and BOC Aviation Limited have finalized a deal for 10 737 MAX 10 airplanes. The announcement, first made at the 2017 Paris Air Show, is valued at approximately $1.25 billion at list prices.
Boeing and flydubai on July 31, 2017 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX 8, making the Middle East carrier the first in the region to operate Boeing’s newest single-aisle airplane.
This delivery is the first of 76 737 MAX airplanes the airline will be adding to their all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737s.
Flydubai currently operates a fleet of 58 Next-Generation 737-800s and has built a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries, from Russia in the north, Czech Republic in the west, Thailand in the east and Tanzania in the south.
Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 737 MAX 8 temporarily registered as N60436 (msn 60966) became A6-MAX on the handover.
Southwest Airlines and the Discovery Channel are teaming up once again to bring television’s most anticipated summer event, Shark Week, to new heights. Southwest revealed a Shark Week- themed 737-700 aircraft, the pictured 737-7H4 N944WN (msn 36659), with an all new, larger-than-life underwater scene depicting five shark species along the fuselage. The plane will fly the skies as part of the Southwest fleet through August 31, 2017, as millions tune in to Discovery’s Shark Week airing July 23 through July 30, 2017.
Customers and Shark Week fans who spot the Shark Week plane throughout the summer are encouraged to take a photo and share it with @SouthwestAir and @SharkWeek, using the hashtag #SharksTakeFlight.
While Shark Week fans anxiously await the July 23 premiere of Shark Week, Southwest Customers are getting in on the jawsome action early. Continuing throughout the summer, Customers onboard WiFi-equipped aircraft can enjoy a pre-premiere episode of African Shark Safari through Southwest’s onboard entertainment portal via the Shark Week ondemand Channel. Customers flying during Shark Week can tune-in live via the entertainment portal live TV on Discovery Channel July 23 through July 30. Southwest and Discovery will also host a surprise takeover on a special flight to kick off Shark Week!
This exciting partnership with Discovery’s Shark Week is an opportunity to celebrate the carrier’s newest international destination, Grand Cayman, which Southwest serves with nonstop flights from Ft. Lauderdale. Want a bite of the nonstop action? Southwest and Discovery will send a winner and three guests on an adventure of a lifetime through the Dare to Dive Sweepstakes. Customers and Shark Week fans can enter for a chance to win the Dare to Dive sweepstakes which includes roundtrip Southwest air travel for four (Government-imposed per passenger travel taxes of up to $150 per person are not included and are payable by each of winner and guest prior to travel), a $2,000 Ritz Carlton gift card, and a $1,000 Visa gift card for an aquatic adventure of the winner’s choosing.
Top Photos: Southwest Airlines/Stephen M. Keller.
Copyright Photo Below: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N944WN (msn 36659) (Shark Week) MCO (Westley Bencon). Image: 938747.
Norwegian and Boeing on June 29, 2017 celebrated the delivery of the Norwegian’s first two 737 MAX 8s. Norwegian is the first European carrier to take delivery of the 737 MAX and will deploy the airplanes on transatlantic flights between northern Europe and the east coast of the United States.
Norwegian is the sixth largest low-cost carrier in the world and flies over 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, the Caribbean and the US. It currently operates a fleet of more than 100 Next-Generation 737-800s and over a dozen 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. The Oslo-headquartered carrier also has unfilled orders for 108 737 MAX 8s and 19 787-9s.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737 MAX 8 EI-FYA (msn 42830).
Ruili Airlines and Boeing on June 22, 2017 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 20 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
Launched in May 2014, Ruili Airlines operates a fleet of 14 Boeing 737 airplanes on 28 domestic routes with 76 daily departures. The start-up carrier plans to expand its fleet to 40 aircraft by the end of 2020.