On January 25, the new Boeing 777X jetliner took to the skies, joining the next phase of their rigorous test programme. The 777X took off at 10:09 a.m. in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, based on the popular 777 and with proven technologies from the 787 Dreamliner. Local time for a three-hour, 51-minute flight over Washington State, before arriving at Boeing Field in Seattle.
The 777X flew perfectly, and today’s testing was very successful, “said Capt. Van Chaney, Boeing Test & Evaluation chief pilot 777/777X.” Thank you to all the teams that have made it possible today. Capt. Chaney and Boeing chief pilot Craig Bomben worked through a comprehensive test plan to exercise the aircraft’s systems and structures, while the Seattle test team was tracking the data in real time.
“Our Boeing team took the most effective twin-aisle jet of all time and made it even more powerful, capable and comfortable for everyone,” said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. “The 777X’s successful first flight today is a testament to the years of hard work and commitment on the part of our colleagues, our suppliers and our community partners in Washington State and around the world.”
The first of four dedicated 777-9 flight test aircraft, WH001 will now undergo tests before resuming testing in the days to come. The research fleet, which began ground testing last year in Everett, will undergo a rigorous series of tests and conditions on the ground and in the air over the coming months to demonstrate the design’s safety and reliability.
Boeing expects to deliver the first 777X in 2021. The program has won 340 orders and commitments from leading carriers around the world, including ANA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. Since its launch in 2013, the 777X family has outsold the competition nearly 2 to 1.