Cover image courtesy of Boeing.
Hi everybody, I would like to start off by apologizing for the extremely late post. As you might already know, the past two weeks was the end-of-trimester assessment period, meaning that I had little time to spend outside of studying for exams. However, exams ended today, and I hope to be back on a regular posting schedule soon.
A couple of weeks ago, United Airlines announced the first routes for its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. These innovative next-generation aircraft, compared to their 737NG counterparts, feature new CFM LEAP-1B engines, as well as other aerodynamic enhancements to offer a substantial increase in fuel economy. United has configured their 737 MAX 9s with the same number of seats (179) compared to most of their 737-900ERs, but one row of economy is removed in favor of another row of extra-legroom Economy Plus. Thus, the overall configuration will be 20 first class seats in a 2-2 configuration, 48 Economy Plus seats in a 3-3 configuration, and 111 Economy seats in a 3-3 configuration. The seats will be B/E Aerospace Meridians with tablet holders, similar to what American Airlines offers on their 737 MAX 8 but likely with slightly more seat pitch as United does not seek to further densify an already cramped plane. Based on United's press release, I suspect the new first class will be the same PriestmanGoode seat as the first class seats on the Airbus A320/A319 and 737-700 fleets.
United has released their first routes for the new 737 MAX 9. It looks like the initial frames will be based in Houston, with some being based in Los Angeles as well. Eventually though, all hubs will likely be the bases for some of these aircraft, as United has 61 such frames on order. Here's the initial schedule:
Are you excited to be flying United's new 737 MAX?