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Boeing 737 MAX in high-altitude flight testing


Engines and other systems perform under extreme conditions
The long-awaited Boeing 737 MAX 8 has marked a new achievement after completing high-altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia. It was also the first international trip for the 737 MAX flight-test fleet.
The airport’s 13,300-foot (4,050-metre) altitude tested the MAX’s capability to take off and land in extremely high places, which can affect overall airplane performance.
“The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That’s exactly what we wanted to see,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s 737 MAX program.
Flight testing for the 737 MAX is on schedule with three test planes having completed more than 100 flights combined. The fourth and final test plane will make its first flight in the coming weeks. The program is on track for first delivery in the third quarter of 2017.
TTG Nordic


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