The aircraft manufacturer Boeing reported that it had successfully carried out the inaugurating flight of its 777X model, their newest aircraft, said to rival the Airbus A350-1000.
The first-ever flight of the Boeing 777X
After a few delays and unfortunate setbacks, the aircraft manufacturer managed to finally complete the first-ever flight of their newest model. The flight took off in Seattle and safely returned to the ground 4 hours later. Onlookers at the airport were treated to a show from the company. Originally, the flight was planned for earlier last week but was sadly delayed as high winds made it impossible to operate the new aircraft safely.
What is so special about the new model?
The aircraft amounts to a total of 252 feet in length. However, the astonishing and probably most significant thing about the newly built model is the twin-engine that makes it the world’s largest twin-engine jet. Boeing describes the aeroplane as the “most efficient and unmatched in every aspect of performance”. In efforts to adapt to climate change, the new aircraft is said to have reduced fuel emissions by 10%. Furthermore, Boeing has said that the new machine will improve profitability for airlines as it has “10% lower operating costs than the competition”, taking a jab at Airbus’ rival model, the A350-1000.
The new model is a larger version of the 777, however, the 777X, with its folding wingtips and state of the art engines, has been designed to amaze passengers all around the world!
Boeing’s attempt to come clean over the 737 Max crisis
Some may say that this is an attempt by Boeing to boost its image amidst the 737 Max accidents that happened last year that resulted in the grounding of all 737 Max models. Even the return of the aircraft seems to be doomed as further tests are needed before the aircraft enters service again.
Originally, the Boeing 737 Max was Boeing’s response to the new aircraft created by its biggest competitor Airbus. The new A320neo has an optimised engine that uses less fuel. In efforts to rival this new plane, the American manufacturer designed the 737 Max. Initially, the new model was supposed to receive a complete overhaul. However, the project only produced an update of its already existing 737 aircraft model. Two new and more fuel-efficient engines were added and the 737 Max was born..
The aircraft was grounded as it was deemed unfit to fly due to serious problems with the manoeuvring software, this triggered non-stop working on Boeing’s side and some heavy reworking of the software used in this aircraft. Originally, it was expected that the aircraft would come back into service at the start of this year. However, it is now clear that the aircraft will not return to the skies until the start of Summer 2020.
A350-1000: The rival aircraft made by Airbus
The direct competitor of the 777X is made by Airbus and is named the A350-1000. The aircraft is able to carry up to 334 passengers and is already used by many airlines across the globe, including British Airways, Qatar Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Boeing’s aircraft can seat almost an additional 100 passengers and is only about a foot wider.
In comparison to the 777X, the A350 has been in the market for a while now and is used by various airlines who have already trained their pilots. So far, Airbus has gained a head start in this very narrow two-aeroplane race. Only time will tell who wins it in the end!
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