Boeing have announced the launched the new 777X program at this years Dubai Air show with a record-breaking number of orders and commitments for the newest member of its twin-aisle product family.
With show order values totalling more than $95 billion at list prices, orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said;
We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed airlines to launch the 777X – the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner in the world, its ground-breaking engine technologies and all-new composite wing will deliver unsurpassed value and growth potential to our customers.
The 777X builds on the popular 777, which today commands 55 percent of the market share in its category in terms of backlog, and 71 percent of the in-service fleet worldwide. The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences. The 777-8X has been designed to compete directly with the A350-1000, while the 777-9X is in a class by itself.
The 777-9X offers seating for more than 400 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices. With a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles (15,185 km), the airplane will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane. The second member of the family, the 777-8X, will be the most flexible jet in the world. The airplane will seat 350 passengers and offer an incredible range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles (17,220 km). In addition, the airplane will have unmatched takeoff and payload capability compared to the competition.
The 777X introduces the latest technologies in multiple places, including the GE9X engine by GE Aviation and an all new high-efficiency composite wing that has a bigger span that today’s 777. The plane’s folding, raked wingtip and optimised span deliver greater efficiency, significant fuel savings and complete airport gate compatibility. Like the 787 Dreamliner which was launched as the 7E7, the 777X will be formally named at a later date. Design of the 777X is underway and suppliers will be named in the coming months. Production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020.