Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.

Front page

Wind tunnel testing begins at Qinetiq for Boeing 737 MAX

The final phase of wind tunnel testing, a major milestone in aeroplane development, began today on Boeing's 737 MAX programme at the QinetiQ facility in Farnborough.

"QinetiQ's dedicated team has over twenty years' experience testing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes which enables us to provide a highly specialised service for the 737 MAX program", said Andrew Yarrow, Head of Farnborough Facilities at QinetiQ.

Testing began at QinetiQ's test facility in Farnborough, in the United Kingdom, where engineers are working to substantiate the forecasted low-speed performance of the 737 MAX on takeoff and landing. A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical advice to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets.

"Wind tunnel testing is on the critical design path of the Boeing 737 MAX programme," said Michael Teal, chief project engineer and deputy program manager, Boeing 737 MAX programme. "This final phase of wind tunnel testing confirms that we are on track to complete our design goals and deliver the 737 MAX to customers beginning in 2017".

QinetiQ's 5-metre wind tunnel has been used by Boeing to help design high lift systems for improved takeoff and landing performance for numerous programs including the 787 family, 777 family, the 747-8 and the Next-Generation 737 family.

The Boeing 737 MAX is a new engine variant of the world's best-selling aeroplane and builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal.

Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 10-12 percent fuel burn improvement over today's most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes and a 7 percent operating cost per-seat advantage over tomorrow's competition.

Press release issued by QinetiQ on February 20, 2012


 Contact details from our directory:
QinetiQ Airframer
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Airframer


 Related aircraft programs:
Boeing 737


 Related directory sectors:
Test Equipment

Enhanced listings:

Midland Aerospace
Manufacturer of complex 3- and 5-axis CNC machined and fabricated detail components & assemblies for the aerospace & defence market sectors.

Quintus Technologies
Quintus Technologies is a global leading provider of high pressure fluid cell presses and hydroform deep-draw presses for sheet metal forming

Victrex Plc
New VICTREX® AE250 composites and hybrid molding technology are changing the equation in Aerospace composites – find out more!

Sigma ASL Limited
Engineering and manufacturing company with in-house and outsourced operations, AS9100 accredited and fully NADCAP compliant.

Intrinsys, Dassault Systèmes’ leading UK partner, deliver Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions alongside engineering consultancy services.

See our advertising tariff.


data pages remaining in monthly quota for non-subscribers

© Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2018. Terms & Conditions of reading. Privacy policy