On Thursday, September 22, Long Beach Airport (LGB) became the first airport to be visited by Boeing’s B737-800 MAX. Southwest Airlines is the launch customer of the aircraft, which will be flying to all airports served by Southwest to ensure it meets airports’ standards.
|All photos courtesy of Ron Reeves of Long Beach Airport (LGB).|
This aircraft uses Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion (LEAP) engines, which are among the most efficient, quiet, and clean engines available. The B737 Max is likely to be one of the last “tube and wing” designs because the need for greater efficiency, less noise, and lower emissions is driving the move to a blended wing design for commercial aircraft.
A new aircraft’s successful integration into commercial fleets is dependent on how well it can meet noise regulations, as people are living closer to airports than ever before. The 737 MAX was designed to be 40 percent quieter than Boeing’s Next-Generation 737. After conducting preliminary tests, Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, remarked that “the MAX noise levels are right where we want them to be.”