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Boeing’s board of directors is expected to decide as early as its next meeting in April whether to give the Commercial Airplanes division authority to offer the proposed 777X derivative to airlines.
The milestone move, if confirmed, puts Boeing at the start of a six-year development track culminating with the entry into service of the first of two new 777 family members in 2019. The extended twinjet series will include a 777-8X, sized to succeed today’s 777-300ER, and a larger 777-9X which opens up new territory in the 400-plus seat, long range market.
Before the 777X proposal goes before the board, however, Boeing needs to finalize one of the most crucial decisions it has faced over the new development: whether to offer the larger twin with a choice of engines. The longer range 777-200LR/300ER versions, which now account for all but a handful of 777 orders, are powered by General Electric
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by spoonbender
The new Triple will come close to the Dreamliner in terms of cost per mile, as well has having a fairly well developed aircraft already. You might not have as many people flying in the future, but both the airlines, and the manufacturers see bigger planes as the way to go. Which in a way makes sense, as we can go to a point to point instead of hub and spoke system of air travel.
Boeing has started offering the 777X to airlines and leasing companies, the last step before a formal launch event.
The new talks with customers cover "additional technical, pricing and schedule details" about the possibly stretched, re-engined and rewinged update of the 777 series, Boeing says.
"We are aggressively moving forward per our plan and customers are happy with our progress," Boeing says.
The company's board of directors met to consider the "authority to offer" milestone on the 777X programme on 28 April, a day before an annual meeting of shareholders.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I mean my reply as a legitimate question because I read your OP as a confused bunny. Perhaps you can help un-confuse me.
isn't Boeing suffering left, right and all around on humiliation and defeat for their 787 Dreamliner? I just pulled it up again for general reference and most hits are headlines about groundings, delays and mishaps with that plane. Given that, wouldn't Boeing be better served in making what they have work properly before coming out with yet another product to say THAT one will work when their flagship doesn't? It's kinda hard to say with a straight face isn't it? Or...are they just writing off the whole 787 experience as a bad nightmare and moving on like it never happened? (that seems unlikely)?