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Boeing 777X: Photos From World's Largest Twin-Engine Jet's First Flight

Auto | News18 | January 26, 2020, 1:19 pm
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 Boeing Co on Saturday (January 25) successfully completed the maiden flight of the world’s largest twin-engined jetliner, the 777X. (Image: AP)
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Boeing Co on Saturday (January 25) successfully completed the maiden flight of the world’s largest twin-engined jetliner, the 777X. (Image: AP)

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 The 252-foot-long passenger jet landed at Boeing Field near downtown Seattle at 2:00 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) after a debut of more than three hours marking the start of a year of testing before it enters intercontinental service in 2021. (Image: AP)
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The 252-foot-long passenger jet landed at Boeing Field near downtown Seattle at 2:00 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) after a debut of more than three hours marking the start of a year of testing before it enters intercontinental service in 2021. (Image: AP)

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 The decision to take advantage of a gap in clouds to start the months of testing needed before the jet can carry passengers came after two attempts had to be postponed due to high winds. (Image: AP)
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The decision to take advantage of a gap in clouds to start the months of testing needed before the jet can carry passengers came after two attempts had to be postponed due to high winds. (Image: AP)

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 As the 252-foot-long aircraft - the longest commercial jet by a whisker - drew to a halt before waiting VIPs, rows of undelivered 737 MAX stood idle nearby is a reminder of the crisis that has engulfed Boeing since it was grounded last year. (Image: AP)
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As the 252-foot-long aircraft - the longest commercial jet by a whisker - drew to a halt before waiting VIPs, rows of undelivered 737 MAX stood idle nearby is a reminder of the crisis that has engulfed Boeing since it was grounded last year. (Image: AP)

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 The aircraft is the larger of two versions planned by Boeing and will officially be called 777-9, but is better known under its development codename, 777X. (Image: AP)
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The aircraft is the larger of two versions planned by Boeing and will officially be called 777-9, but is better known under its development codename, 777X. (Image: AP)

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 Hallmarks include folding wingtips - designed to allow its carbon wings to fit the same parking bays as earlier models - and the world’s largest commercial engines from General Electric, wide enough to swallow a 737 MAX fuselage. (Image: AP)
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Hallmarks include folding wingtips - designed to allow its carbon wings to fit the same parking bays as earlier models - and the world’s largest commercial engines from General Electric, wide enough to swallow a 737 MAX fuselage. (Image: AP)

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 The 777X will be the first major aircraft to be certified since the role of software flaws in two fatal 737 MAX crashes prompted accusations of cosy relations between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration and heralded tougher scrutiny. (Image: AP)
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The 777X will be the first major aircraft to be certified since the role of software flaws in two fatal 737 MAX crashes prompted accusations of cosy relations between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration and heralded tougher scrutiny. (Image: AP)

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 The FAA has pledged to ensure the 777X review is conducted rigorously, while launch customer Emirates wants the plane to be put through “hell on Earth” during testing to ensure it is safe and meets performance expectations. (Image: AP)
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The FAA has pledged to ensure the 777X review is conducted rigorously, while launch customer Emirates wants the plane to be put through “hell on Earth” during testing to ensure it is safe and meets performance expectations. (Image: AP)

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 Boeing employees and family members cheer the 777X after it landed at Boeing Field in Seattle, completing its first flight. (Image: AP)
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Boeing employees and family members cheer the 777X after it landed at Boeing Field in Seattle, completing its first flight. (Image: AP)

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 Boeing’s chief test pilot, who co-piloted Saturday’s sortie, said it would work closely with regulators. (Image: AP)
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Boeing’s chief test pilot, who co-piloted Saturday’s sortie, said it would work closely with regulators. (Image: AP)

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