Boeing's New $400 Million 777X Airplane Makes Maiden Flight

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Boeing has successfully completed its maiden flight of the newest wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 777X.  At 252 feet long, it is the longest commercial jet in history with a wingspan of 235 feet when the wingtips are unfolded.  The flight took off from Paine Field, PAE, before doing a photoshoot at Mount Rainer and then landing at Boeing Field, BFI at about 2:00pm Pacific Time.

The 777X is the newest twin engine that has ate into the traditionally for-engined wide body aircraft market like the 747 and the Airbus A380, but with two engines instead of four, the 777x family is far more fuel efficient, saving airlines huge sums of cash in jet fuel savings.  The 777X has folding wingtips so that it can fit into existing gate space at world airports, but lowers the raked tips for greater lift before taking off.  The wings are ranked like that of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as it further increases the fuels savings and makes the aircraft more aerodynamic.

The new aircraft is expected to enter service either in late 2021 or in 2022, although Emirates, who has 126 on order, said they don’t expect their first delivery until 2023.  The new 777-8 variant will be able to fly 10,046 miles while the larger 777-9 variant will be able to fly 8,383 miles.  Both versions are equipped with the GE9X engine, capable of producing over 130,000 pounds of thrust.  The engines are so large, in fact, that the fuselage of the Boeing 737 can fit inside the GE9X engine.