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My First Flight On A Southwest 737 MAX8

by joeheg

It was bound to happen. While I was no longer actively avoiding the 737 MAX, I hadn’t flown on one of them. I had a flight scheduled on a Southwest 737 MAX8 earlier this year but a last-minute equipment swap left us on a 737-800.

Honestly, I’ve stopped looking at the plane type when flying on Southwest as the experience is very similar for most of their fleet. It wasn’t until I stepped onto the plane and sat down that I realized that I’d be taking my first MAX flight.

I first noticed that the seat was comfortable with plenty of legroom. My backpack fit easily into the space under the seat and I still had plenty of room.

The seats on Southwest’s 737 MAX8s have 32 inches of pitch and are 17.8 inches wide (the widest seat available on any 737.)

The overhead bins were large and easily fit all carry-on bags on this full flight.

I can’t lie that I had a slight bit of anxiety as we taxied to the runway. As we took off, I noticed how quiet the engines were. While I usually need to use the noise canceling on my headphones, I could have gotten away without it.

What can I say? The 737 MAX8 is a comfortable plane.

I know that not all airlines have as comfortable of a layout as Southwest. Other airlines chose to squeeze more seats onto the plane and I could see that making a huge difference.

But for my first flight, I’d say the experience was a good one. I no longer dread getting onboard a Southwest plane and seeing the MAX8 safety card in the seat pocket.

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Island Miler September 20, 2022 - 1:59 pm

Isn’t it remarkable how quiet the bird is? That was the biggest takeaway for me on my three flights thus far. It has me hoping for an equipment swap to MAXs on my upcoming AS flights, but no such luck haha.

JohnB September 20, 2022 - 3:22 pm

I flew the B737 Max numerous times since it was recertified. I was a little anxious for my first flight. But after multiple flights, there was nothing unusual in the any of my flights. But I will not fly American’s B737 Max as it has the “Oasis” interior. Those aircraft have a very small seat pitch like 30″. The restrooms are so narrow that one cannot turn around in the them. Not even Sharon will fit. Those AA 737 Max restrooms are for men only! The B737 Max aircraft on American Airlines are to be avoided, especially for flights longer than 2 hours.

JIM RATZMAN September 24, 2022 - 9:27 am

We just flew on a Southwest 737 Max 8 this week from Austin to Atlanta. It was brand new, having been in service just two weeks! The first thing we noticed was the ample legroom! The overhead bins are large, but people still try to cram too much in them!! Great flight.


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