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Boeing's newest jetliner makes maiden flight

Posted 26 January 2020 · Add Comment

At last some good news for Boeing as the company’s new 777X took to the skies yesterday, for the first time to enter the next phase of its rigorous test programme. Based on the popular 777 and with proven technologies from the 787 Dreamliner, it took off in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09 a.m. Est Coast time (22:09 UAE time) for a three hour, 51 minute flight over Washington state before landing at Seattle's Boeing Field.

The 777X has already been ordered by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.
"The 777X flew beautifully, and today's testing was very productive," said Capt. Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot for Boeing test & evaluation. "Thank you to all the teams who made today possible. I can't wait to go fly your airplane again."
Capt. Chaney and Boeing Chief Pilot Craig Bomben worked through a detailed test plan to exercise the airplane's systems and structures while the test team in Seattle monitored the data in real time.
"Our Boeing team has taken the most successful twin-aisle jet of all time and made it even more efficient, more capable and more comfortable for all," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Today's safe first flight of the 777X is a tribute to the years of hard work and dedication from our teammates, our suppliers and our community partners in Washington state and across the globe."
The first of four dedicated 777-9 flight test airplanes, WH001 will now undergo checks before resuming testing in the coming days. The test fleet, which began ground testing in Everett last year, will endure a comprehensive series of tests and conditions on the ground and in the air over the coming months to demonstrate the safety and reliability of the design.
The newest member of Boeing's market-leading widebody family, the 777X will deliver 10 percent lower fuel use and emissions and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition through advanced aerodynamics, the latest generation carbon-fiber composite wing and the most advanced commercial engine ever built, GE Aviation's GE9X.
Passengers will also enjoy a wide, spacious cabin, large overhead bins that close easily for convenient access to their belongings, larger windows for a view from every seat, better cabin altitude and humidity, less noise and a smoother ride.
Boeing expects to deliver the first 777X in 2021. The programme has already won 340 orders and commitments from leading carriers around the world, as well as the Gulf Big Three these include include ANA, British Airways, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines.

 

 

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