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It appears that Southwest just became the first US airline to receive a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. As reported by Airways Mag, the carrier’s first 737 MAX departed from Boeing Field in Seattle Tuesday morning and is expected to land at Southwest’s hub at Dallas Love Field (DAL) in the afternoon. While this is most likely the official delivery flight, given the timing and route, we’ve reached out to the airline to confirm.
The aircraft, N8710M, is expected to land at DAL at around 4:15pm CT on Tuesday afternoon. Assuming this is in fact the delivery, Southwest just became the first US-based carrier to fly Boeing’s latest 737.
According to a March blog post on the carrier’s website, Southwest plans to launch MAX service on Sunday, October 1. The aircraft will fly on the airline’s most long-standing routes — Dallas (DAL) to Houston (HOU), HOU to San Antonio (SAT) and SAT back to DAL — for that inaugural launch date.
We reached out to Southwest for confirmation that it is, in fact, taking delivery of the 737 MAX today and that it plans to offer its first revenue flight on October 1 on the aforementioned route, however, we have yet to hear back.
In total, Southwest has ordered 170 MAX 8s and 30 MAX 7s. As it takes delivery of its new MAX aircraft, it will phase out its older 737 models — the -300s and -500s.
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