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B-737 MAX 9 plane awarded FAA certification

Aircraft now being prepped for delivery in the coming weeks

Boeing announced today that the B-737 MAX 9 aircraft has received an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), officially certifying the airplane for commercial service.

This certification marks the culmination of a successful flight test program that began in March 2017 with two Boeing flight test airplanes. The FAA certification affirms that the plane's handling, systems and overall performance all comply with required aviation regulations.

The industry is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group.

The 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 "8" version.

The 737 MAX family is designed to offer customers an extended range that is opening up new destinations in the single-aisle market. The MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features in the single-aisle market.

The model has accumulated more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide.

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