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United Airlines (UAL) on June 7, 2018 became the first North American carrier to operate the fuel efficient Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft. The brand new plane entered service as United flight UA 686 between United’s hub at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Orlando International Airport in Florida. The MAX is also scheduled to operate flights today between Houston and Anchorage, Alaska and Houston and Austin, Texas.
All customers on United’s first MAX flights from Houston today will also receive first flight certificates, travel cases and headphones to commemorate their trip on United’s newest aircraft.
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.
The 737 MAX uses Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines to provide a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel. With a longer range than previous 737 models, United is able to operate the 737 MAX between Houstonand 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.