United Airlines’ first 737 MAX 9 takes flight

Boeing 737 MAX 9 United Airlines Photo by United Airlines

United Airlines became the first North American carrier on June 7, to operate the fuel-efficient Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

The brand new plane entered service as United flight 686 between United’s hub at Houston-George Bush (IAH) and Orlando Airport (MCO). The MAX is also scheduled to operate flights today between Houston and Anchorage, Alaska and Houston and Austin, Texas.

The 737 MAX utilizes Viasat next-generation satellite Wi-Fi, providing access to faster, more reliable internet connections gate to gate. United will expand Viasat Wi-Fi to more than 70 aircraft, including at least 58 new 737 MAX planes over the next three years.

With a longer range than previous 737 models, United is able to operate the 737 MAX between Houston and Anchorage, Alaska, which previously needed to be served with larger aircraft. United expects to have 10 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet by the end of this year.

— United Airlines