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Boeing soars past another successful milestoneBoeing's 737 MAX 9 is no Dreamliner, but its maiden voyage this week could have a bigger impact on budget-conscious travelers.
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's another Boeing flight. The company's 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight on Thursday, two weeks after its massive Dreamliner 787-10 took off on its maiden voyage. The newest member of Boeing's best-selling jet family started off from Renton field in Renton, Washington and ended its journey In Seattle's Boeing Field about 2 and a half hours later. And while the Dreamliner may be the showstopper here, the 737 MAX could be the one to get excited about, especially if you're a frequent flyer on a budget. It's the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history with more than 3,700 orders to date according to Boeing The Max 9 is the second and largest of Boeing 737 Max line designed to hold about 220 passengers in a single cabin layout for longer distances of up to 3515 nautical miles. What this means for passengers, more destination options at a lower cost per seat so New York to London in one leg. The Max 8, the first of the new 737 models has already completed flight testing and is slated to begin deliveries this quarter. While the Max 9, still has a few hurdles to clear before being delivered to airlines in 2018.