posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 06:10 PM
Sources close to the design team for the Boeing 777X have confirmed that Boeing is going back to the original idea for the 777-200, and giving the new
aircraft folding wingtips. When the -200 was launched Boeing gave customers the option for folding tips, to allow the design to go into airports with
smaller gates, but no one went with the option.
Boeing has refused to confirm the design, but has said that they are a year or more from formally offering the aircraft. Entry into service by the
end of the decade is feasible. Boeing plans on using longer carbon-composite wings, and plans on adding seats to just over 400 in the new
Boeing said Wednesday it plans to bring its next-generation 777X jet into service by the end of the decade, a time frame that had come under
question after remarks from the company’s chief executive last year.
At the same time, sources familiar with the design confirmed that the 777X design is expected to have folding wingtips, a novel feature that would
allow bigger wings to fit into the same-sized airport parking space as the current 777.
“We have not changed our schedule,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said at a conference in
Seattle organized by the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance. “We’re focused on these airplanes coming to the market late in the