Boeing 777X Flies
After some delays, the first Boeing 777X widebody twin (WH001/N779XW) recorded its maiden flight from Paine Field near Seattle on 25 January 2020. Flown by 777X chief test pilot Captain Van Chaney and Boeing chief pilot Craig Bomben, the 3hr 51min flight was conducted over Washington State before returning to Seattle’s Boeing Field. Featuring folding outer wings so it takes up no more ramp space than current 777s, the 777X has attracted about 340 firm orders and commitments so far.
WH001 is the 777-9 variant, the largest of the new 777 family with seating for typically 426 passengers in two classes. Development of the smaller and longer range 777-8 for typically 384 passengers has been put on hold for the moment. The 777-9’s design range is 7,285nm (13,500km).The first of four 777-9 flight test aircraft, WH001 will now undergo checks before resuming testing. First deliveries of the 777-9 are scheduled for 2021.