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June 25, 2024
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Southwest is proud of its new MAX fleet.  It put out this PR on October 1st.  So how did one go? A busy day, except for one awkward moment.

The fleet went across the nation, building many hours – one aircraft spent over ten hours aloft.  Two worked hard doing six turns. N8712L had a scrubbed flight. N8707P also had a disrupted flight.

Looking at scheduled departures, every aircraft ran into delays (in minutes). N8709Q had a rough go of it.

Looking at arrival times compared to schedules (in minutes) we have the following.

Again we see that N87209Q had a rough day, but managed to arrive early by its fourth flight.  N8712L had that false start but improved steadily as the day progressed.  The schedules may have been padded, as we can see some high early arrivals.

Finally, if we look at the average hours per leg we can see that the fleet had varying legs – N8706W did transcons while the others did more typical two hour or shorter legs.

It’s only one day and we will watch the fleet to see if there are trends.  With so many new aircraft going into service in one day, hiccups had to be expected.  Southwest is exceptionally experienced with the 737 and will no doubt work out the kinks faster than any other airline.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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  1. I flew from Bergen to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY on September 29 on Norwegian Air International’s third Boeing 737 MAX 8 and I can say that the MAX 8 is an impressively quiet aircraft in which to fly. Like the GEnx engine, there really is no fan drone from the LEAP-1B, even at full or almost full take-off thrust, just a pleasant whooshing sound. In the cruise, the fuselage of the 737 MAX 8 seemed to generate very little aerodynamic noise despite the fact the aircraft was travelling at over 500 mph. The flight was also notable for being reasonably fast: 7 hours 5 minutes in the air on a sector which had a block time of 7 hours 55 minutes, so the aircraft reached the gate at SWF approximately 45 minutes ahead of schedule. However, seated in seat 1B as a was, with a bulkhead right in front of me and in a seat which had rigid heavy armrests containing fold-away tray tables on either side, I noticed most vividly that the seat was only 17 inches wide. It was by far the least comfortable airliner seat in which I have travelled, as far back as I can remember.

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