Boeing is targeting a year-end launch for its conceptual B777X, in time for a late decade service entry, said the company’s commercial unit CEO, Jim Albaugh. “We’re working towards being in a position toward the end of this year to talk to our board. That’s assuming the business case closes, that’s assuming the technical trades are ones that close,” says Albaugh, who was speaking at a press conference following the unveiling of Boeing’s 1000th 777.
Emirates leadership was briefed on the latest 777X studies earlier in the day, says Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates. “Our teams have been in dialogue with the Boeing team for some time now, it’s really very interesting to see this new aircraft if it will come out. It would be an excellent aircraft to have in Emirates, he says. . Emirates has 102 B777s in service now, making it the biggest customer for the model and has another 93 on order.
The conceptual two-member family is seen as a 14,800km (8,000nm) 407-seat 777-9X and 353-seat 777-8X and potentially even a third model in an ultra long-range 777-8LX with each of the variants having stretched fuselages and likely the addition of B787-style composite wings.