First Look: American Airlines’ 737 MAX Rolls Out of Paint Hangar

American's first 737 MAX on the flightline at Boeing Field (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Chuyi Chuang)

The first of 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to be delivered to American Airlines was rolled out of the paint hangar at Boeing Field on Monday night.

The airframe, LN6515, will eventually become one of nearly 1,000 aircraft currently flying for the world’s largest airline. It will be the first of four 737 MAX 8s American is slated to receive this year. Beginning in 2018, Boeing is expected to deliver 20 aircraft per year to the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline until their order is filled.

Overlooking American’s first 737 MAX in full paint scheme (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Chuyi Chuang)

The type is not scheduled to enter service until Nov. 29, when it will operate three daily flights between Miami International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia.

At one point, the airline had announced the aircraft would feature 29 in. of seat pitch in a few rows of economy with the rest sitting 30 in. apart, which caused some backlash among the airline’s customer base. After hearing the complaints, however, American decided to instead eliminate a row of Main Cabin Extra to accommodate the same legroom throughout the cabin.

Boeing touts the 737 MAX as “designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability, and efficiency in the single-aisle market.” So far, airlines have caught on, as the MAX has amassed over 3,700 orders from nearly 90 different customers from across the globe, making it the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing’s 101-year history.

American’s first 737 MAX seen on the flightline at Boeing Field (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Chuyi Chuang)

Airlines across three continents, including Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, have already taken delivery of their first MAX, with Norwegian Air already operating transatlantic flights with the long-range narrowbody aircraft.

The airline is expected to take delivery of the first 737 MAX 8 later this month.

This story was updated on September 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET to add an additional photo. 

Parker Davis

Parker Davis

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  • raflw

    Even 30″ in economy is going to be kind of rough. I fly connecting hops out of AMS on KL’s 737s with 30″ pitch and slimline seats. It’s OK — not great — for 90 min legs to ARN or VCE, but LGA-MIA is 350 miles longer than the above, and with block times on AA around 3h15m, it will be a pretty poor (but sadly industry-common) experience.
    I guess this is what a passenger obsession with saving five or ten bucks per trip yields.

    • Alexander Neil

      …If you believe what the airlines are telling you that is. There’s been a push for some years from airlines to squeeze more seats into aeroplanes.