Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), officially certifying the airplane for commercial service.

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

Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX programme, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “Our teams built superior capabilities into the MAX 9 and proved them all the way through flight test. We’re looking forward to bringing this airplane to market for our valued customers. I am proud of the entire team for helping us reach another important development milestone.”

Launching with Lion

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

The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles. It also offers three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays among its features.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, with more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide.