Boeing Completes Successful First Flight of 737 MAX 9

Airplane scheduled to deliver to customers in 2018

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The Boeing 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight today in the skies above Puget Sound. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.

"The MAX 9's first flight is another milestone that continues the program's strong track record of progress," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. "The MAX family of airplanes offers more value than any competitor and its strong market acceptance is reflected in over 3,700 airplanes on order from 86 customers around the world."

The airplane completed a successful 2 hour, 42-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 10:52 a.m. local time and landing at 1:34 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field.

Piloted by Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson, the airplane performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities. The MAX 9 will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries begin in 2018.

The 737 MAX 9 is the second member of Boeing's industry leading 737 MAX family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles.

"The 737 MAX team continues to fire on all cylinders," said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Each new milestone we meet builds knowledge and experience that gets leveraged to keep the program moving forward on track."

The 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market. The MAX 8 and 9 will be followed in 2019 by the smaller MAX 7 and higher capacity MAX 200, while studies and customer discussions continue on further growing the family.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 3,700 orders to date from 86 customers worldwide.

Boeing Announces $6 million Investment in Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Investment aimed at developing diverse students interested in aerospace careers.

Originally Published by Boeing.

Boeing announced a $6 million investment in the future technical workforce through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the black college community.

To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides programmatic, capacity building, public policy and advocacy support for its 47 member-schools and the nearly 300,000 students that attend them.

"This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent," said Michael Ford, Boeing vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion. "Through scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive opportunities at Boeing, we hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry."

"The support from Boeing is more than a gift," said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president and CEO. "It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving students."

The investment will fund scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive "boot camp" programs that will introduce students to Boeing's culture and career paths. Eight HBCUs will benefit from this support, including:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College
  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tuskegee University

Students from other HBCUs can also take advantage of the investment through TMCF's award-winning Leadership Institute.

The announcement builds on Boeing's ongoing investment in HBCUs, including South Carolina State University, Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University.

Boeing Announces Details of $100 Million Employee Education Investment

Crowdsourcing drives new learning programs funded by U.S tax reform savings.

Originally Published by Boeing.

Boeing launched new workforce development programs, the latest step in fulfilling its 2017 pledge to invest $300 million in employees, infrastructure and local communities as a result of U.S. tax reform.

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​Boeing and Motorola Solutions Foundation present inaugural Chicago STEM Signing Day

50 Chicago-area students recognized for academic achievements in STEM. Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson among attendees

Originally Published by Boeing.

Just like signing days for athletes, the inaugural Chicago Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Signing Day on Thursday, May 24, celebrated high school seniors from across the Chicagoland area as they made commitments to some of the country's top technical schools, colleges and universities. These students will apply their talents in pursuit of STEM careers that will place them on the fast track to success in technical fields like those in the aerospace and telecommunications industries.

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