The model 8 belongs to Boeing’s newest MAX generation, praised for its fuel efficiency and ability to fly large numbers of customers. The tragedy in Indonesia is the first disaster to occur with this model. Boeing stated that it is “deeply saddened”by the crash and is “ready to provide technical assistance” to the investigation, the company said in a statement.
The manufacturer rolled out its first 737 MAX 8 in December 2015, and the plane made its maiden flight a month later. The plane can travel 6,570km and carry up to 210 people.
The MAX series proved to be the fastest-selling commercial airplane in Boeing history, according to the manufacturer. The model 8 is no exception, as it is being used by various airlines all over the globe, ranging from Canada’s low-cost Sunwing Airlines to Turkey’s leisure Corendon Airlines.
Prior to the Indonesia crash, the only significant incident reported involving a 737 MAX 8 occurred in July, when an Jet Airways flight hit a bird while travelling from Mumbai to Chennai, India. None of the passengers were harmed, and the plane landed safely. The airline was forced to change the aircraft of its return flight, though.