Boeing 777X arrives in the UAE for Dubai Airshow 2021
The long-awaited Boeing 777X landed in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 9, 2021, five days ahead of its public debut at the Dubai Airshow 2021.
Boeing 777X, registered as N779XW, departed from King County International Airport (BFI), Seattle, the United States on November 8, 2021, and touched down at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), Dubai, the UAE. The flight lasted almost 15 hours, according to Radarbox.com data.
On November 4, 2021, Boeing announced it will showcase its new 777X wide-body at the Dubai Airshow 2021. This will be the first international venue for the manufacturer’s twin-jet, which initially intended to debut at the Paris Air Show 2019.
"Boeing is excited to participate fully in the Dubai Airshow, the first global airshow in almost two years, and to be able to engage directly with customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders from the region and beyond," said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa.
A 777-9 prototype will feature in the flying program as well as the static display, alongside the reduced-emissions Etihad 787-10, the Alaska Airlines 737-9 ecoDemonstrator, the 737 MAX 9 and a host of other aircraft.
Boeing 777X, the new generation of the 777 family, was launched in 2013, accumulating about 300 orders during the years that followed. However, after numerous problems and delays, the first prototype conducted its first flight in January 2020.
The 777X family, comprising 777-8, 777-9, and 777-10 variants, is intended to replace earlier models of the 777, as well as compete with Airbus widebodies, such as the A350 aircraft.
In a press release Boeing also stated: “Building on the best of the industry-leading 777 and 787 families, the 777-9 will be the world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, delivering 10% better fuel use, emissions and operating costs than the competition.”
Soon to be showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021, the Boeing 777-9 variant has a capability to carry up to 426 passengers. It also boasts a range of 7,285 nautical miles (13,500 kilometers), according to Boeing data.
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