Boeing flew its new 737 MAX single-aisle passenger jet for the first time, with the aircraft’s engines and airframe including components from Stamford-based Hexcel.
Chicago-based Boeing flew the 737 MAX at its final assembly plant in Renton, Wash., with the single-aisle aircraft having collected more than 3,070 orders to date including from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and GE Capital Aviation Services, a Norwalk-based subsidiary of General Electric that leases aircraft to airliners. First delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.
Hexcel carbon fiber is used in fan blades and containment cases for LEAP-1 engines made by CFM International, a joint venture of GE Aviation and France-based Safran.
The nacelles that house the engines have an acoustic inner barrel designed with Hexcel’s Acousti-Cap technology, in which a permeable cap material is individually embedded into each honeycomb cell to create an acoustic septum. Hexcel said that reduces the noise “contour” of the 737 MAX engine by 40 percent next to older Boeing 737 aircraft.
The 737 MAX also includes systems from the UTC Aerospace subsidiary of Farmington-based United Technologies.
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