The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday awarded Boeing an amended type certificate for the 737 MAX 9, officially certifying the airplane for commercial service.
FAA certification affirms that the airplane’s handling, systems and overall performance all comply with required aviation regulations to ensure safety of flight. It marks the culmination of a test flight program that began in March 2017 involving two test flight airplanes.
“Our teams built in superior capabilities of this airplane and proved them all the way through flight test,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program. “I am proud of the entire team for helping us to close on another important development milestone.”
Commercial Airplanes employees are now in the final stages of preparing for the first 737 MAX 9 airplane delivery to launch customer The Lion Air Group.