GE Aviation has confirmed delivery of a flight management software (FMS) update which will be fitted on the forthcoming Boeing 737 MAX.
The engine manufacturer says the FAA-certified Update 13 (U13) system will be standard on all 737 production aircraft, beginning with the 737 MAX variant which is scheduled for a summer 2017 entry-into-service.
European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle will be the first airline to take delivery of the jet.
The U13 expands on its U12 predecessor with GE listing the enhancements as integration of the CFM LEAP-1B performance model, fuel efficiency improvements including adaptable take-off derate thrust options, and improved situational awareness through integration with the MAX large area navigational displays.
Alan Caslavka, president of avionics for GE Aviation, says the FMS will help the aircraft’s operators to reduce costs and improve performance as it relates to on-time arrivals and less fuel, emissions and noise.