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Spirit Aerosystems completes first fuselage for Boeing 737 MAX

WICHITA, Kansas – Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita rolled out the first fuselage for the first Boeing 737 MAX on Thursday. Several employees of Spirit were in attendance along with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Spirit Aerosytems delivers approximately 70 percent of the 737 structure to Boeing including the fuselage, pylon, thrust reverser and engine nacelle.

The first 737 MAX fuselage will be transported to Boeing’s Renton, Washington facility.

Assembly of the first 737 MAX is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. The first delivery to customers is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

Boeing says the 737 MAX will deliver 20 percent increased fuel efficiency to airlines versus the original Next-Generation 737.

Boeing says they have booked 2,800 orders for the plane.