Boeing's new 777X extends its folding wingtips to complete first flight

CNET | 1/25/2020 | Staff
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The new Boeing 777X features wingtips that fold up. You can see one of those in the upright position just behind the cockpit here.

After a delay Friday due to windy conditions, Boeing's newest airliner completed its first flight Saturday when a 777X test aircraft landed at Paine Field north of Seattle after a four-hour cruise over Washington state. A next-generation model in the 26-year-old 777 family, the 777X is the first commercial aircraft with fold-up wingtips.

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"This major milestone for the #777X airplane program begins the next critical phase of testing as we work towards certification and then delivery to customers in 2021," Boeing said in a tweet after the flight.

Like Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft is made from composite materials and has larger windows and a redesigned passenger cabin. Able to carry more people and fly farther than existing 777 models, it'll be the most efficient twin-engine plane in the world, Boeing says.

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The plane's standout feature is the movable wingtips that'll cut the aircraft's enormous wingspan from 235 feet down to just under 213 feet, letting the 777X fit on existing airport taxiways and at terminal gates where older 777s can operate. The Airbus A380's 261-foot wingspan forced airports to make expensive modifications when the double-decker plane debuted in 2007, something Boeing wants to avoid.

The successful flight is welcome news for Boeing as it continues to face fallout from the twin crashes of its 737 Max that killed a total of 346 passengers and crew in 2018 and 2019. On Monday, the company announced that the Max will stay grounded until at least the middle of this year.

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Built and designed to compete with the Airbus A350, the wide-body 777X will consist of two models. The 777-8 will fit about 384 passengers and have a range of 8,730 nautical miles (about...
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