Southwest Airlines launches the 737 MAX 7

On May 15, 2013, Southwest Airlines announced the launch of the 737 MAX 7, the third member of the 737 MAX family. The Dallas-based carrier and launch customer for the 737 MAX program became the first airline to order the 737 MAX 7, when it converted 30 existing orders for Next-Generation 737s into orders for the 737 MAX 7.

Southwest also exercised options to add five more Next-Generation 737-800s to its fleet. These airplanes, along with the 737 MAX 7s, are part of Southwest's ongoing effort to improve fuel efficiency and profitability. The 737 MAX 7 supports Southwest's expanding fleet modernization effort. Southwest is expected to take its first 737 MAX 7 delivery in 2019.

The 737 MAX 7 brings the most advanced engine technologies to the world's best-selling airplane, building on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737-700. The 110-ft long airplane incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver improved efficiency with the most reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 7 also will extend the range over today's 737-700 by approximately 400 nautical miles (741 km).

Southwest and Boeing Timeline

  • 6/1/1971

    First Delivery of the 737-200

  • 11/30/1984

    First Delivery of the 737-300

  • 2/28/1990

    First Delivery of the 737-500

  • 12/17/1997

    First Delivery of the 737-700

  • The Future

    First Delivery of the 737 MAX