Boeing 777x embarks on test flight with world's largest jet engine after delay
Seattle : Boeing 777x embarked on its first test flight after it got rescheduled to Friday due to bad weather conditions.
The giant aircraft is powered with largest-ever twin-engined model and is designed to carry at least 406 passengers on it. The plane which was to be delivered in mid-2020, but now it is expected that it will be delivered in early 2021.
The newest Boeing 777X took off for the first time from Everette on Friday at around 10 am (EST). The plane is bound for Seattle and will reach the destination at around 2:13 pm (Pacific time).
According to Bloomberg reports, the B777 will be Boeing’s most expensive aircraft, priced at $442.2 million before discounts. The plane features stunning composite wings, the longest Boeing has ever built, with a span of 235 feet 5 inches (71.75 meters) when fully extended. The 777X will be instantly identifiable by its most distinctive feature: Hinges that flip the sculpted wingtips skyward for easier maneuvering around crowded taxiways.
The launch of new Boeing 777X comes amid the grounding of the company’s 737 MAX. The crisis surrounding the smaller jet following two fatal crashes has led new Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun to send the aerospace giant back to the drawing board on proposals for a new mid-market aircraft.