Boeing 777X Completes First Successful Four Hour Test Flight in Everett, Washington
Updated: Jan 26, 2020
After a year of setbacks, Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes team has a lot to celebrate today after the new 777X made its first successful test flight from Boeing Field in Everett, Washington. The four hour test flight took place Saturday after previous weather delays.
From Boeing Field in Everett, Washington Saturday, the Boeing 777X completed its first successful test flight, which lasted around four hours. After a difficult year relating to the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, the Boeing Commercial Airplanes team across the company, has every reason to celebrate. The flight took place Saturday after weather-related delays on Thursday and Friday and continued flight testing is expected to resume once again on Tuesday. The Boeing 777X is the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet aircraft and promises to deliver a 20 percent reduction in fuel-burn versus previous generation aircraft and a 10 percent reduction in both fuel-burn and operating costs, when compared to the competition. The aircraft also features a wide and spacious new cabin and custom architecture as well as innovations from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family. Another innovative feature is folding wingtips, which allow the aircraft's extra large wings to fit with current airport infrastructure.
The Boeing 777X Family consists of two models, the 777-8 and the larger 777-9. The 777-8 can accommodate 384 passengers in a two-class configuration and has a range of up to 8,730 nautical miles (16,170 km). The 777-9 can accommodate up to 426 passengers in a two-class configuration and has a range of 7,285 nautical miles (13,500 km). The aircraft are powered by GE9X engines supplied by GE Aviation. Airlines which have ordered 777X Family aircraft include All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Editor's Note: Having joined tens of thousands of other aviation enthusiasts who watched the live webcast of the Boeing 777X’s first flight today, we congratulate Stan Deal and the entire Boeing Commercial Airplanes team on the achievement of this this major milestone. The entire team has every right to be proud today and we share in your excitement.