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Boeing 737 MAX wind tunnel testing begins at UK company QinetiQ

A computer generated image of the Boeing 737 Max

The final phase of wind tunnel testing has begun on new Boeing’s 737 MAX airliner programme at the QinetiQ facility in Farnborough.

Engineers are working to substantiate the forecasted low-speed performance of the 737 MAX on take-off and landing. QinetiQ’s 5-metre wind tunnel has been used by Boeing to help design high lift systems for improved take-off and landing performance for numerous programmes including the 787 family, 777 family, the 747-8 and the Next-Generation 737 family.

“QinetiQ’s dedicated team has over twenty years’ experience testing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes which enables us to provide a highly specialised service for the 737 MAX programme”, said Andrew Yarrow, Head of Farnborough Facilities at QinetiQ.

The Boeing 737 MAX is a new engine variant of the world’s best-selling aeroplane and builds on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 10-12% fuel burn improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes and a 7% operating cost per-seat advantage over tomorrow’s competition.

Michael Teal, chief project engineer and deputy program manager, Boeing 737 MAX programme commented, “This final phase of wind tunnel testing confirms that we are on track to complete our design goals and deliver the 737 MAX to customers beginning in 2017”.