Boeing has revealed on their twitter page that the new 777X will be revealed to the world on the 13th of March.
Our very first #777X flight test airplane will officially debut to the world on March 13th! Stay tuned to learn how you can watch it live. Check out the journey so far here: https://t.co/7twGuVZU1i pic.twitter.com/MyUnA1Thcd
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 4, 2019Advertisement
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.
Can you spot all of the #777X flight test airplanes? We’ll give you a hint, there are 4! 😉 Our amazing teams continue to make progress as we prepare to roll out the world’s most efficient large twin-engine airplane. Rollout date coming very soon, stay tuned! #avgeek pic.twitter.com/XxVv56X7ka
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) February 20, 2019
From there, the first of the test 777X aircraft (a 777X-9)has been sent to be painted in Boeing colours.
The first #777X flight test airplane is about to get painted. Join us #LIVE in one hour to get a rare glimpse inside a #Boeing paint facility. Hear from our team about what’s next for the 777X test airplane. pic.twitter.com/HlAgPpkoIF
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) February 27, 2019
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.
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.
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?