Boeing has unveiled their brand new plane model called 777x.
The longest passenger jetliner in the world just made its debut.
The very first Boeing 777X was presented to company employees, inside the airframer’s main wide-body manufacturing facility in Everett, Washington.
Boeing had planned to unveil the jetliner on Wednesday, but delayed the debut following the crash of its aircraft in Ethiopia.
The event was simplified to respect the recent loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8.At 252 feet, the 777X is longer than its predecessor, the 777-300ER, and the super-stretched Airbus A340-600.
It’ll even be longer by a nose than the current record-holder, the 747-8, the latest version of Boeing’s own “Queen of the Skies” whose aviation-changing ancestor flew 50 years ago.
With its maiden test flight expected later this spring, the 777-9 is the larger of the two 777X models that make up Boeing’s jetliner program.
Boeing unveiled the new 777X to the employee today without media debut. Here are few photos of her from Boeing employees. Credit: Boeing Employee#777x #Boeing777Xpic.twitter.com/z4L8Jkzrah— Sam Chui (@SamChuiPhotos) March 13, 2019
With that enormous length, the plane is designed to seat between 400 and 425 passengers in two classes, and fly routes of 7,600 nautical miles, more than 14,000 kilometers.
Also, the number of seats will vary depending on what each airline picks for the interior, but it promises to be the biggest twin-engine airliner of all time when it starts flying passengers next year.
A second, no-less-impressive but smaller model will follow. The 777-8 will seat between 350 and 375 passengers and have an endurance of more than 17 hours aloft.
Covering 8,700 nautical miles, or more than 16,000 kilometers, the plane is Boeing’s challenger to the Airbus A350ULR’s crown as the world’s longest-range airplane.