RENTON, Wash. -- Boeing unveiled the latest iteration of its popular 737 jet program, the Max 7, on Monday at its factory here.

Thousands of employees turned out under a light drizzle to welcome the company’s newest jet, snapping selfies and photos at a roll-out ceremony. 

Dubbed the Max 7, the aircraft is the third and smallest member of the 737 Max family of narrowbody jets. The Max 7 is designed to carry up to 172 passengers with a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, making it the longest-flying 737 variant.

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Boeing anticipates that the jet will make its first flight shortly. A second 737 Max 7 jet will join it to complete the roughly one year of flight testing required for certification. 
The launch customer for the Max 7 is Southwest Airlines, which is currently slated to get its first version of the jet next year.

Boeing's 737 Max program has sold well overall, with over 4,000 orders to date. The Max 7 version, however, accounts for less than 100 firm orders from that total.

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