23 January 2020, Thursday 13:20:51

Delayed the first test flight

Boeing has been forced to delay the first test flight of its next-generation 777X aircraft because of bad weather forecast in the Seattle area.

Boeing has been forced to delay the first test flight of its next-generation 777X aircraft because of bad weather forecast in the Seattle area.  Earlier this week, reports emerged that the aircraft manufacturer planned to fly the 777X for the first time on Thursday, January 23, with Boeing making the news public on Tuesday “subject to weather and other factors”.

Boeing did not specify what “other factors” could delay the test flight.

But with heavy rain and gusty winds forecast around Boeing’s Everett facility, the test flight has been pushed back by at least 24-hours.  The embattled aerospace giant said it hopes to still perform the first flight by the end of the week with a small improvement in weather conditions expected on Friday.

The 777X is the next iteration in Boeing’s hugely successful 777 programme.  The aircraft comes in two sizes, the 777-8 which is capable of seating 384 passengers in a two-class configuration and the 777-9 which can hold as many as 426 passengers.  The list price for the airliner ranges from $410 million to $442 million.

Launch customers for the 777x include Emirates, Qatar Airways and Emirates.  Other initial customers including ANA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways.

Delayed the first test flight

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