American airframer Boeing announced today the completion of the firm configuration for the 777-9, the first of the 777X family to be developed.
The Boeing 777X team reached this significant design milestone after working closely with airline customers and key suppliers to optimize the configuration of the new airplane.
The firm configuration marks the completion of configuration trade studies required to finalize the airplane’s capability and basic design. Wind tunnel test results, aerodynamic performance and structural loads have also been evaluated to ensure the airplane meets requirements. This allows the 777X team to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the airplane. As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin. Production of the new aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2017.
Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager of the 777X program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
“It’s great to see the airlines and industry team side-by-side with us as we achieve this important milestone, The team has followed a disciplined process to complete all of the requirements for this stage of the program.
The program is right where we want it to be,” added Feldmann. “We have an airplane and production system that are on track and on schedule, and we remain laser focused on meeting our commitments to our customers.”
Boeing is planning for the 777X to be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition. The 777X program has already received orders and commitments for 320 airplanes from six customers worldwide.