Boeing did not have a particularly good 2019 due to a flaw in the system that pretty much grounded all of the company’s 737 planes. However, it seems that the company is still forging ahead with its developments and more recently, it looks like Boeing has successfully tested what could be the world’s largest twin-engine jet.
Known as the Boeing 777X, this is believed to be the world’s largest twin-engine jet which measures 252 feet long and over 235 feet across when its wingtips have been extended for flight. The testing saw the plane fly around the Washington state area for 3 hours and 51 minutes before it returned and landed back at the Boeing Field in Seattle.
The engines used in the plane are the GE9X engines which are said to provide about 100,000 pounds of thrust force each. The company is also boasting that with these engines, the planes should be 10% more fuel efficient compared to the competition. It will also be capable of carrying more passengers compared to its competitors.
According to Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, “Our Boeing team has taken the most successful twin-aisle jet of all time and made it even more efficient, more capable and more comfortable for all. Today’s safe first flight of the 777X is a tribute to the years of hard work and dedication from our teammates, our suppliers and our community partners in Washington state and across the globe.”
That being said, the 777X planes are not expected to go into service until 2021 where airlines such as Emirates are expected to start receiving their aircrafts.