UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The first flight of the 777-X long-haul aircraft was launched on Saturday, in a step forward for the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, which is still under the weight of the “737 Max” crisis.
The plane took off at 10:00 am (18:00 GMT) from Pine Field Airport in Everett, in Washington State, in the northwest.
The first flight of this new model of long-haul aircraft was originally scheduled for the summer of 2019, but was postponed due to problems with the new GE9X engine manufactured by General Electric, in addition to difficulties related to the operation of wings and information programs.
This week, the flight was postponed again twice, the first Thursday due to bad weather, according to what the company announced, and then Friday, due to strong winds.
“Yes!” Company spokesman Josh Green shouted. As the plane rises above the runway.
Soon the plane disappeared between the clouds, and it is expected to take a flight for several hours before landing at Boeing Airport in Seattle, located about fifty kilometers.
The “777-X” aircraft, which has a capacity of 384 to 426 passengers, is designed to compete with the Airbus A350. To date, Boeing has received orders for 340 of these aircraft, most of them from seven huge international airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and airlines. Singapore Air.
This model has two wings that can be folded both ends, which reduces fuel consumption and makes it easy to stand on the runway.
Boeing plans to deliver the first aircraft of this model early next year.
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