Boeing Sets The Date For The First 777X Factory Rollout

Boeing has revealed on their twitter page that the new 777X will be revealed to the world on the 13th of March.

What are the details?

The 777X has been under development for sometime. The aircraft is a whole new design for Boeing, who has rebuilt their popular 777 series from the ground up with 787 Dreamliner technology. The new aircraft is 14% more fuel effecient, larger, flies futher, and its ultimate purpose is to replace the 747 as a large capacity passenger transport. For those Airbus fans out there, the 777X is designed to compete with the A350.

We last had an update back in February when Boeing showed off the four 777X aircraft on the factory floor.

From there, the first of the test 777X aircraft (a 777X-9)has been sent to be painted in Boeing colours.

This will take around two weeks, before the aircraft is finally rolled out, ready to take to the skies on March 13th 2019.

Who will first fly the 777X?

This first flight will just be for testing, FAA qualification and promotional purposes. But once the aircraft has passed all final tests, it will undergo internal outfitting for delivery to their final customer… Lufthansa.

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Lufthansa will be the launch customer of the 777x. Photo: Boeing

The airline currently has 20 777X-9 aircraft on order to replace their fleet of 747-400 aircraft. Onboard this new 777X is a quite exciting buisness class section. The section instself will be a alternating 1-2-1 / 1-1-1 configuration, with each second row featuring a ‘throne’ seat.

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The new Lufthansa B777X business cabin. Photo: Lufthansa

The rest of the aircraft will see a mirade of other upgrades. It is not know at this point where Lufthansa will be deploying the aircraft, but we expect on their most popular flagship routes.

Lufthansa is not expecting to have the 777X until at least very late 2019 or early 2020.

What do you think? Are you excited to the see the new 777X flying in action?

3 comments
  1. I don’t think the roll out date is the date of first flight. I believe the plane has to go through a series of ground tests which progressively build up to its first flight. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

    Anyway, March 13 will be an awesome day…very much looking forward to seeing this new bird in all her splendor.

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