The Boeing 777X's first flight is likely to be pushed back to 2020 because of issues with its GE9X engines, according to Boeing
Emirates Airline offered a first glimpse at its future Boeing 777X on Monday with a tweet showing the airplane in production at the planemaker's US factory in Everett, Washington.
“We’re proud to see the UAE flag for the first time on the Emirates Boeing 777X,” the Emirates tweet said. “Currently in production, the 777X combines the best features of today’s @BoeingAirplanes 777 with a longer fuselage, new engines, new composite wing design, greater cabin width and seating capacity.”
We're proud to see the UAE flag for the first time on the Emirates Boeing 777X. Currently in production, the 777X combines the best features of today’s @BoeingAirplanes 777 with a longer fuselage, new engines, new composite wing design, greater cabin width & seating capacity. pic.twitter.com/JVllWS14AQ— Emirates Airline (@emirates) August 5, 2019
On Monday, Boeing also released a video showing the interior of the 777X and 787 Dreamliner.
We design our airplane cabins so that you fly in style and comfort. See what you can enjoy onboard the new #777X and 787 #Dreamliner. pic.twitter.com/USt08C9lsq— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 5, 2019
Emirates ordered 150 777X aircraft at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, almost 50 percent of the total orders around the world.
In July, however, Boeing said that an issue with the 777X’s General Electric GE9X engines has led to delays in the aircraft’s first flight, although it says deliveries are still expected to progress as planned.
“The 777X programme is progressing well through pre-flight testing,” Boeing said in a statement. “While the company is still targeting late 2020 for first delivery of the 777X, while there is significant risk to this schedule given engine challenges, which are delaying first flight until early 2020."
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