From the wheels up: A closer look at the innovative new 737 MAX 10 landing gear

August 30, 2018 in Commercial

Production of components for the very first Boeing 737 MAX 10 airplane is underway, thanks to a new, innovative solution for the airplane’s main landing gear.

From an engineering standpoint, this new airplane will be a straightforward stretch of the MAX 9, which entered service in 2018. More than 95 percent of the design and 90 percent of the build of the MAX 10 will be identical to previous models. The primary difference in the MAX 10 compared to other models is in the new, levered design of the main landing gear.

“Our engineering teams have spent many months designing, testing and proving this new, levered gear mechanism. It’s satisfying to be able to see and touch these first parts that will eventually help the very first MAX 10 roll out of the Renton factory,” said Gary Hamatani, Boeing 737 MAX Chief Project Engineer. “We really challenged our team to come up with this innovative gear design, and they’ve just knocked it out of the park.”

What makes this landing gear so unique? It has two key features that are critical for the longer design of the MAX 10: A lever that allows the landing gear to grow taller upon takeoff, and a shrinking mechanism that helps the gear retract to fit into the existing wheel well.

Boeing supplier UTC Aerospace Systems began production of the main landing gear on Aug. 20, right on schedule.

Last summer at the Paris Air Show, Boeing announced the launch of the MAX 10. Since then, interest in the airplane has grown; today, more than 20 customers from around the globe have placed orders and commitments for this new member of the 737 family.

The MAX 10 will set a new benchmark for profitability in the single-aisle market when deliveries begin in 2020: With additional capacity for up to 230 passengers, combined with greater overall efficiency, the MAX 10 will offer airlines a competitive advantage with the lowest seat costs ever for a single-aisle airplane.

To learn more about the MAX 10 go here.