The new Boeing 777X jetliner made its first flight on January 25 and has now entered the next phase of its test programme. Based on the widely used 777 and including technologies from the 787 Dreamliner, the 777X took off in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09am local time for a three-hour, 51 minute flight over Washington state before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
Afterwards, Captain Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot for Boeing Test & Evaluation commented: “The 777X flew beautifully, and today’s testing was very productive. “Thank you to all the teams who made today possible. I can’t wait to go fly your airplane again.”
Captain Chaney and Boeing Chief Pilot, Craig Bomben, worked through a detailed test plan to exercise the aircraft’s systems and structures while the test team in Seattle monitored the data in real time.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added: “Our Boeing team has taken the most successful twin-aisle jet of all time and made it even more efficient, more capable and more comfortable for all.
“Today’s safe first flight of the 777X is a tribute to the years of hard work and dedication from our teammates, our suppliers and our community partners in Washington state and across the globe.”
The first of four dedicated 777-9 flight test aircraft, WH001 will now undergo checks before resuming testing in the coming days. The test fleet, which began ground testing in Everett last year, will endure a comprehensive series of tests and conditions on the ground and in the air over the coming months to demonstrate the safety and reliability of the design.
Boeing said the newest member of its widebody family will deliver 10% lower fuel use and emissions and 10% lower operating costs than the competition through advanced aerodynamics, the latest generation carbon-fibre composite wing and its GE Aviation’s GE9X engines.
Boeing expects to deliver the first 777X in 2021. The type has won 340 orders and commitments from airlines around the world, including ANA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
About the Boeing 777X Family
The 777X includes the 777-8 and the 777-9, the newest members of Boeing’s market-leading widebody family.
Seat Count: 777-8: 384 passengers
(typical 2-class) 777-9: 426 passengers
Engine: GE9X, supplied by GE Aviation
Range: 777-8: 8,730 nautical miles (16,170 km)
777-9: 7,285 nautical miles (13,500 km)
Wingspan: Extended: 235 ft, 5 in. (71.8 m)
On ground: 212 ft, 8 in (64.8 m)
Length: 777-8: 229 ft (69.8 m)
777-9: 251 ft, 9 in (76.7 m)