Boeing delivers first 737 MAX 9 to Lion Air

Boeing 737 MAX 9
Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 9 takes to the air. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing made its first delivery of a 737 MAX 9 jet to Lion Air Group today — less than a year after the same holding group got in on the debut of the plane’s smaller sibling, the MAX 8.

Last year’s first-ever 737 MAX delivery went to Malaysia’s Malindo Air, a low-fare airline that’s now known as Batik Air Malaysia and is under the wing of Lion Air Group. The jet that took the spotlight today at Boeing’s Seattle Delivery Center went to a different Lion Air Group carrier, Thai Lion Air.

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By Alan Boyle

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