Boeing readies 777X airliner for first flight
March 1, 2019 -- Boeing is looking to build on the success of its popular 777 family of aircraft with the next generation 777X, promising ultra-long range, enhanced fuel efficiency and improved passenger comfort levels.
Engineers and mechanics are preparing to roll out the 777X flight-test plane for its public debut as early as February, according to the Seattle Times. The first flight is due a month or two later.
The aircraft comes in two variants, the 777-9 and the smaller but longer-range 777-8.
Boeing says Emirates will be the first airline to receive the 777X, when it gets rolled out in 2020. Other customers include Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.