Showing posts with label 777x. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 777x. Show all posts

16 November, 2023

Emirates to order 90 Boeing 777 jets

Dubai-based mega-carrier, Emirates will order 55 Boeing 777-9 and 35 examples of the 777-8 jets, it was announced during the Dubai Airshow at a signing event attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

In addition, Emirates updated its 787 Dreamliner order book to better align future capacity to demand. The airline is buying five more 787 jets – growing its 787 backlog to 35 – while converting 30 787-9s to 20 787-8 and 10 787-10 aeroplanes.

"Emirates is the biggest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft, and today's order cements that position," said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. "We've been closely involved in the 777 program since its start up until this latest generation of 777X aircraft. The 777 has been central to Emirates' fleet and network strategy of connecting cities on all continents non-stop to Dubai. We are pleased to extend our relationship with Boeing and look forward to the first 777-9 joining our fleet in 2025." 

Boeing's relationship with Emirates dates back to the airline's first 777 order in 1992. Today, Emirates has nearly 150 777 jets in its fleet. Based on the most successful twin-aisle airplane ever, the 777, the 777X family is designed to maximize efficiency and environmental performance by 25%, while providing an exceptional onboard experience.

"This order is an incredible vote of confidence in Boeing's highly efficient widebody family and the versatility of our 777X and 787 airplanes to meet Emirates' needs for global long-haul travel," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 777-9 and 777-8 are the perfect airplanes to support Emirates' growth, improving environmental performance and unmatched payload capability along the way."

The 777-9 will be the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane. Opening new growth opportunities for airlines, the 777-9 seats 426 passengers in a typical two-class configuration, with a range of 13,510 km (7,295 nautical miles).

The 777-8 seats 395 passengers with a range capability of up to 16,190 km (8,745 nautical miles). The 777-8 also offers airlines more revenue potential through more payload and improved fuel efficiency on short and long flights.

26 May, 2021

Emirates issues a warning to Boeing over 777x order

Emirates airlines has shot off a warning to the US planemaker Boeing that it could refuse to take the Boeing 777x aircraft if they fall fail to live up to the manufacturer's promises.

In a TV interview, the airline's President Tim Clark said he had not received any performance details of the jet's engines so far even though test flights began in 2020. Clark has raised concerns that Boeing had a recent history of over-promising on the performance of new jets, including the in-service 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner, which are falling short in many areas. 

"We will not accept an aeroplane unless it is performing 100% to contract," Clark speaking to John Strickland said:  "Unless it is doing what they said it would do and contracted, we will not take that aeroplane."

Emirates has put in an order for 126 Boeing 777x aircraft and had been expecting the first one to arrive in 2020, but now doesn't expect it to land until late 2023. 

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29 September, 2020

Boeing 777X GE9X Engine Achieves FAA Certification

GE Aviation confirmed this week that GE9X engine has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities, a key milestone in its journey to power the new twin-engine Boeing 777X family.

The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) Part 33 certification involved eight test engines. This certification achievement culminates GE Aviation’s renewal of its commercial jet engine portfolio, including the GEnx for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the CFM LEAP engine.

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“It takes the world’s best talent in jet propulsion to create a game-changing product like the GE9X engine,” said John Slattery, president and CEO of GE Aviation. “There is no substitute that can achieve the combination of size, power and fuel efficiency of the GE9X. This engine will deliver unsurpassed value and reliability to our airline customers. I want to congratulate the entire GE9X team and thank Boeing, our partners and suppliers for the collaboration on this incredible achievement.”

03 May, 2020

Second Boeing 777X completes first flight

 Second Boeing 777X completes first flight

The US planemaker Boeing has conducted a productive and successful first flight of the second 777X aeroplane. Capt. Ted Grady, 777X project pilot, and Capt. Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot, flew for 2 hours and 58 minutes over Washington state before landing at Seattle's Boeing Field at 2:02 p.m. Pacific.

Designated WH002, this aeroplane is the second of four in a dedicated flight test fleet and will test handling characteristics and other aspects of aeroplane performance. An array of equipment, sensors and monitoring devices throughout the cabin allows the onboard team to document and evaluate the aeroplane's response to test conditions in real-time.

27 January, 2020

It flies........................Boeing's latest jet gets off the ground.

The executives from the US aviation giant Boeing can breathe a heavy sigh of relief this week after a successful weekend in which their latest jet,  the Boeing 777X completed its first test flight favourably. 

The new 777X jetliner took to the skies over the weekend, kicking off the first phase of what is said to be a 'rigorous' test programme.   The American company are hoping to avoid all the troubles and tribulations they've had with the 737 Max 8 aircraft.  The fact that this new jet is closely based on the popular 777  with proven technologies from the 787 Dreamliner should ensure a smooth flight test programme.  

For the first flight, the 777X took off in front of thousands of spectators, reporters and staff at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09 am local time on Saturday for a three hour, 51-minute flight over Washington state before landing at Seattle's Boeing Field.

"The 777X flew beautifully, and today's testing was very productive," said Capt. Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot for Boeing Test & Evaluation. "Thank you to all the teams who made today possible. I can't wait to go fly your aeroplane again."

Capt. Chaney and Boeing Chief Pilot Craig Bomben worked through a detailed test plan to exercise the aeroplane's systems and structures while the test team in Seattle monitored the data in real-time.

28 February, 2019

IAG place big Boeing order.

The parent company of British Airways and Iberia has confirmed it is going with Boeing for a fleet of new long-haul aircraft. 

The International Airlines Group has been unable to get sufficient discounts from European planemaker Airbus, so has gone to the US manufacturer, Boeing to fulfil the needs British Airways' fleet revival plans replacing the outgoing 747s.  The firm is ordering up to 42 777X aircraft - which is made up of 18 firm orders and 24 options.  On list prices, the order has a value of $18.6 billion, yet the real value is significantly less. Despite holding talks with Airbus, it was unlikely the group would move away from the American Boeing firm, British Airways has a fleet of over 60 777 aircraft 

19 September, 2018

Qatar Airways reports massive losses.

Doha based Qatar Airways has just endured the most challenging year in its 20-year history and blames a mega loss of 252 million riyals on the diplomatic and physical blockade by four of its Arabic neighbours. 

The mega airline has been banned from flying to Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain since 2017, halting 18 of its popular high revenue routes as well as the four nations closing their airspace to Qatar Airways flights.  

To counterbalance the loss of those routes, Qatar Airways has opened 14 new routes during the last fiscal year, (24 in total since the start of the blockade) which come with launch costs and the necessity to establish market presence, which resulted in an overall net loss of 252 million as detailed in the airlines' recent annual report, issued earlier this week. 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,  Akbar Al Baker, said: “This turbulent year has inevitably had an impact on our financial results, which reflect the negative effect the illegal blockade has had on our airline. However, I am pleased to say that thanks to our robust business planning, swift actions in the face of the crisis, our passenger-focused solutions and dedicated staff, the impact has been minimised – and has certainly not been as negative as our neighbouring countries may have hoped for.”

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09 July, 2018

Saudi order for 777X says Boeing.

Boeing sources are briefing the media that Saudi Arabian Airlines is about to make a large order for the Boeing 777X aircraft.

The unofficial briefing didn't stipulate the number of 777X jet's Saudi Arabian Airlines would order, although it is understood to be 20 confirmed frames and a few more possible options.

If the briefing is true and Boeing has secured an order for the 777X from Saudia, it is likely to be from the 80 surplice frames from the Iran Air order that the sanctions reimposed on that nation by President Trump, had halted.

There have been no comments from Saudi Arabian Airlines on the issue. 

19 June, 2018

Etihad and Qatar Airways mulling over cancelling 777x orders - will Singapore follow............

The order book for Boeing's 777x may be about to get significantly lighter in the coming months as a number of airlines are looking to either cancel their orders or switch to another model.

The news agency Reuters recently reported that Etihad Airways was exploring options with the US manufacturer to defer or completely cancel its multi-billion dollar order for the 777x jets.  The carriers management team has indicated that it no longer needs or wants the 25 777x it ordered following a review of the company and pasting massive losses last year.

Industry insiders in the Gulf region have also been told from airline staff that Qatar Airways is also looking to jettison its order for the newer versions of the triple seven craft.  The twinjet no longer 'fits' with plans the Doha based airline has for the 2020's and beyond, especially if the airline may be forced to get another capital investment from its shareholder - the Qatari government. 

It is also understood that Singapore Airlines is currently looking at switching its order for the 777 to the Dreamliner variety of aircraft, as it starts to rebrand offshoot Scoot to Singapore Airlines, however, this has neither been confirmed or denied by the carrier.