Emirates Airline has unveiled the first images of the futuristic Boeing 777x airplane being produced for the airline.
The UAE’s national flag carrier tweeted the images of the new aircraft, which is being manufactured at the Boeing Everett factory in the US and is expected to launch next year.
In the tweet, the airline said, “We’re proud to see the UAE flag for the first time on the Emirates Boeing 777X”.
It said the plane “combines the best features of today’s Boeing 777 with a longer fuselage, new engines, new composite wing design, greater cabin width, and seating capacity”.
We're proud to see the UAE flag for the first time on the Emirates Boeing 777X.🇦🇪 Currently in production, the 777X combines the best features of today’s @BoeingAirplanes 777 with a longer fuselage, new engines, new composite wing design, greater cabin width & seating capacity. pic.twitter.com/JVllWS14AQ
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) August 5, 2019
On the first day of the 2013 Dubai Air Show, Emirates confirmed an order for 150 777Xs, making it the largest single order in the world for a new airplane model. In fact, the agreement was nearly 50% of the 334 orders for airplanes worldwide.
However, in June, the company announced that it was in contact with Boeing for revising the order and replacing some of the 777Xs with the smaller 787s.
The Boeing 777X will go under stringent testing this year before its expected roll out in June next year.
Boeing has teased the plane’s folding wingtips that allow an increased span of seven meters, maximizing fuel efficiency.
Total body workout! This week’s #777X ground testing includes several rounds of low speed passes down the runway as our
teams verify the operation of integrated airplane systems and software.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 6, 2019
The 777X has two variations – the 777-8 and 777-9. The former can accommodate between 350 to 375 passengers, while the latter can accommodate 400 to 425, both in a two-class configuration.
Boeing uploaded a short video on Twitter this week, teasing the interiors of the 777X and 787 Dreamliner.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 5, 2019