Boeing 777X takes first flight into troubled skies for jumbos

Boeing Co.’s newest plane is preparing to spread its gargantuan wings—so long the tips are hinged—and rumble into the skies over the Washington factory complex constructed a half century ago for the original jumbo jet. First flights typically mark a crowning technological achievement for planemakers, capping years of invention and problem-solving. This flight, however, will […]

Boeing freighters continue to sell well amidst 737 MAX and 777X challenges

Boeing sold more freighters than passenger aircraft during the second quarter of 2019, according to the manufacturer’s Q2 results, with orders from FedEx for six 767-300Fs [FATs 005050-005056]. By contrast, Boeing only logged unidentified orders for four 737 MAX aircraft and one 787-9 from Air Lease Corporation. Although Boeing said that development and testing of a […]

With today’s 777X rollout, when will 777 P-to-F programs arrive?

Boeing discretely unveiled the first 777X earlier today at the company’s Everett, Washington, assembly plant. What would have normally been presented as a global media spectacle aimed at capturing the world’s attention was instead a small event limited mostly to employees and non-media guests. Earlier this week, following the loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the company […]

Triple-Seven thoughts

In recent days we have looked at Boeing’s 747 and 767 programs, today we look at the 777 – the other aircraft type for which Boeing offers a freighter variant. Regarding the 767, we concluded that although the introduction of the 787 effectively ended demand for 767 passenger aircraft, demand for the commercial freighter and […]

GE’s Big Bet in Goliath Engines

In 1990, Brian Rowe bet $2 billion on a revolutionary jet engine design that would go on to influence three decades of propulsion. The GE90’s concept, architecture and technologies allowed for extraordinary gains in the aviation industry, culminating in the new GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X.
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