A version of this article appears in the May 5 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. As Boeing closes in on the 2,000-firm-order milestone for the 737 MAX family, the company is starting to gather the first propulsion hardware in readiness for initial ground tests of the aircraft’s new CFM Leap-1B engine in the coming months. Although assembly of the first 737 MAX, a 737-8 variant, does not begin until next year, production of the first Boeing-built inlet and nacelle ...

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