The long-awaited first flight of the Boeing 777-9X is set to take place today. The first aircraft N779XW will take off from Boeing’s Paine Field factory at Everett at around 10:00 PST.
The flight was originally scheduled for yesterday (23 January) but was postponed due to bad weather.
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The Boeing 777X is the latest iteration of the successful 777 family, it is the largest twin-engine aircraft capable of carrying 426 people in a typical two-cabin layout. Powered by the largest jet engines, the GE9X – the 777-9 is listed for $442.2 million.
The 777-9 is 9 feet longer than the 777-300ER and at 252 feet long (77m) it is the longest passenger aircraft ever built. The wingspan is 39 feet (7m) wider than the 300ER, however, the 777X is equipped with folding wingtips that allow it to use the same gates as the current 777 family.
Following the first flight, the 777X will embark on a strenuous flight test program that is planned to culminate with the delivery of to launch customer Emirates in 2021.