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Boeing delivered its very first 737 MAX 9 to Lion Air Group. The aircraft will go into service with Thai Lion Air, where its added capacity will help the airline launch several international routes. Pic source: Boeing.

KUALA LUMPUR: Boeing and the Lion Air Group have celebrated the very first 737 MAX 9 to be delivered.

The aircraft will go into service with Thai Lion Air, where its added capacity will help the airline launch several international routes.

Boeing delivered its very first 737 MAX 9 to Thai Lion Air.

The MAX 9's extra capacity will help the airline add several international routes.

"The 737 MAX 9 is a perfect fit for our growing business in Thailand," said Capt. Darsito Hendro Seputro, chief executive officer and chairman of Thai Lion Air.

"The 737 has been the backbone of our business since we began and we will use the added capacity the airplane provides to expand our network and start additional routes to Bangladesh, China and India," he added.

The Lion Air Group is the launch customer for the MAX 9.

It was also the first operator to put the MAX 8 into service, and have announced a commitment for 50 MAX 10s.

The group also has an additional 200 737 MAXs on order and is one of the world's largest operators of the 737.

The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles.

With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, Boeing claimed that the aircraft provides operators added capacity while maximising profitability within their network.

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