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Boeing 777X completes successful first flight. The three hours, 51 minutes test flight heralded a new phase for the largest and most fuel efficient twin-engine commercial jet expected in 2021.
The new 777X took off to the skies gracefully in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09 a.m. and stayed in the air for 3 hours, 51 minutes before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. In the cockpit testing the airplane’s systems and structures were Capt. Chaney and Boeing Chief Pilot Craig Bomben.
“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.”
“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 777X will undergo checks before resuming testing in the coming days.
The 777X is the newest member of Boeing’s wide-body family, it will will deliver 10 percent lower fuel use and emissions and 10 percent lower operating costs, due to the latest generation carbon-fiber composite wing and GE Aviation’s GE9X engines.
777X passengers will enjoy a wide, spacious cabin, large overhead bins,larger windows for a view from every seat, better cabin altitude and humidity, less noise and a smoother ride.
The first delivery is expected in 2021. Currently, there are 340 orders and commitments from leading carriers around the world, including ANA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
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