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Podcast: Boeing’s 737 MAX 8: How It Flies and When Will It Fly?

May 12, 2017

The first revamped Boeing narrowbody – the 737-8 – is scheduled to be delivered to launch customer Malindo Air later this month. But the schedule hit a snag this week after Boeing paused the flight test program owing to engine issues.

Last month, Aviation Week pilot Fred George strapped into the left seat of the updated version of the world’s best-selling jetliner. Listen in as he discusses the flight and technical upgrades. Also, our senior editor and resident Boeing expert Guy Norris breaks down the status of the flight test program and on-going inspections of the Leap-1B engines.

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on May 12, 2017

Looking forward to flying this sweet jet once it hits the airlines. Are the LP turbine blades being re-manufactured or just replaced after inspection? I fly 737-400/700/800/900 including ETOPS SFP's and all ER's. My favorite is the -800SFP.

on May 15, 2017

It appears the Leap-1B version of the CFM-56 has struck a snag due to a cracking problem on the LP Turbine disc manufactured by a sub-contractor called Safron? The engines affected will have to be returned to CFM in France and hope to turn around in a week?? Sounds rather a stretch in my opinion!

on Sep 2, 2017

As the planes get newer the toilets get smaller. How small will they be on this model?

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