United Airlines takes delivery of first B737 MAX 9 aircraft

United took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft from Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle, and unveiled a new livery for the fuel-efficient aircraft. The curved-line feature on the 737MAX is similar to that used on the airline's fuel-efficient widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

United expects to begin operating MAX 9 aircraft in June, between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities, including Anchorage, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego and Austin. Additional MAX 9 flights between Houston Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, as well as service between Los Angeles and Honolulu are expected to be added end of June. 

"The addition of the MAX 9 furthers our efforts to become a more efficient and productive airline. It has better fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and does all of this while maximizing customer comfort," said United's Chief Financial Officer Andrew Levy.

This year, United will receive 10 new MAX 9 aircraft from Boeing and will continue to add service from its airport hubs to cities throughout the United States.

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 features 179 seats, providing customers with access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi. United Private Screening personal device entertainment will be available throughout the aircraft and enables customers to play thousands of hours of movies and television programs on their electronic devices.

United is the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of this aircraft. The MAX 9 features Boeing's Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines providing a quieter ride, the ability to fly farther on less fuel and significant reductions of CO2 emissions compared to older generation aircraft.