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Boeing 737 MAX 10 a Step Closer to Revenue Service

The manufacturer received FAA authorization on Wednesday to begin certification flight testing.

Boeing’s first 737 MAX 10 arriving after an initial test flight (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Boeing’s 737 MAX 10 has cleared another hurdle in its turbulent certification program. According to a Wednesday internal memo shared by FlightGlobal, the aerospace giant received a so-called ‘type inspection authorization’ from the FAA.

The 737 MAX 10 is the largest variant of the 737 MAX family, and it is designed for more high-capacity routes. The aircraft has a maximum capacity of 230 passengers and a range of 3,300 nautical miles.

With 963 of the type on order, Boeing expects to deliver the first 737 MAX 10 in 2024. According to FlightGlobal, Alaska, Delta, Ryanair, United, and Vietjet all have planned orders for the stretched aircraft. The aircraft made its first test flight in June of 2021.

A preview of what’s to come on United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 10. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fangzhong Guo)

The FAA’s issuance of the type inspection authorization allows Boeing to begin certification flight testing. Pilots from the agency will also be able to participate in and observe flight testing activities, the internal memo stated.

Long Delays in Certification

This step towards fully certifying the aircraft comes just three years after two deadly 737 MAX accidents, prompting a global grounding of the aircraft. Following months of continued scrutiny and supply chain woes, Boeing’s 737 MAX 10 along with the smaller 737 MAX 7 variants have yet to be fully certified by regulators.

Once the final type certificate is issued, Boeing will be able to begin delivering the aircraft to airlines. Some industry sources expect that the 737 MAX 10’s initial service entry could slip into 2025, per The Seattle Times.

The 737 MAX 10 is a key part of Boeing’s plans to regain market share in the single-aisle aircraft market. The aircraft is expected to compete with Airbus’ A321neo, which is the current bestselling single-aisle aircraft in the world.

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    Ryan founded AirlineGeeks.com back in February 2013 and has amassed considerable experience in the aviation sector. His work has been featured in several publications and news outlets, including CNN, WJLA, CNET, and Business Insider. During his time in the industry, he's worked in roles pertaining to airport/airline operations while holding a B.S. in Air Transportation Management from Arizona State University along with an MBA. Ryan has experience in several facets of the industry from behind the yoke of a Cessna 172 to interviewing airline industry executives. Ryan works for AirlineGeeks' owner FLYING Media, spearheading coverage in the commercial aviation space.

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