The Huge Boeing 777x Was About To Take Off On Its Maiden Test Fight Today—Now Delayed

Boeing has had its fair share of problems recently, but today hopefully marks some rest-bite in the aircraft manufacturers fortunes.

At 10 am PST (1 pm EST) today the world’s largest twin-engine passenger jet was meant to take to the skies for the first time. This will be Boeing’s first new commercial jet since the ill-fated 737MAX which has now temporarily stopped being produced. This is whilst Boeing attempt to fix issues with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that led to two fatal crashes of the 737MAX and its eventual grounding globally.

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SINGAPORE – FEBRUARY 13: – A model of a Boeing Co. 777x Dreamliner aircraft is displayed at the … [+] Singapore Airshow on February 13, 2014 in Singapore. The Singapore air show is held every year and is one of the most important aerospace and defense exhibitions in the world. (Photo by Yuli Seperi/Getty Images)

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With larger engines, the 777X will be the largest twin-engined commercial jet ever with over 400 passengers, but the program has also been hampered with delays.

Deliveries of the 777X have already been postponed from Summer of 2020 to 2021 by Boeing due to issues with the huge GE9X engines, and more recently with the cargo door.

However, some much-needed positive news for Boeing will now see the huge aircraft take flight possibly tomorrow, Friday 24 January, weather dependant. Inclement weather delayed the flight that was originally scheduled to fly today.

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Boeing vice president and general manager of airplane development, Scott Francher speaks about the … [+] company’s future airplane, the Boeing 777X (illustrated at back) during a press briefing at the Boeing Tokyo office on August 2, 2013. Francher announced the company’s next generation Dreamliner line-ups. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

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The 777X will all but end production of four-engines aircraft around the world, including the passenger variant of Boeing’s 747 jumbo-jet and Airbus’ A380 double-decker superjumbo. Airlines have been opting to purchase more fuel-efficient and larger twin-engine aircraft for long-haul routes.

The 777X is the next generation variant of the hugely successful 777 program that was initially developed in the 1990s, and operates with airlines around the world, often being cited as one of the safest long-haul passenger jets ever built. The most distinguishing feature of the 777X is the aircraft’s folding wingtips that allow for greater fuel efficiency during flight, whilst retracting upwards at airports to allow the giant plane to manoeuvre around airports without a required runway and taxiway extensions.  

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MOSES LAKE, WA – OCTOBER 23: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are parked at Grant County International … [+] Airport October 23, 2019 in Moses Lake, Washington. Boeing reported that its profits were down by more than half in the latest quarter. The company has finished updates and testing on the 737 MAX and plans to have the planes flying by the end of the year. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

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It’s not yet clear how the MCAS delays on the 737MAX might further delay the 777X program, but for now, it is indeed an exciting time to see a brand new aircraft take to the skies today, hopefully.

What time is the 777x taking off today?

The first flight is now delayed, possibly until January 24. It was originally scheduled for today, January 23 at 10am PST (1pm EST) and that is 6pm BST. 

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