Boeing launched the Boeing 777X program at the 2013 Dubai Airshow with already a fat order book for the new twin-aisle aircraft. Four customers signed up for 259 airplanes, giving the American aircraft giant a nice start with the upgraded version of its popular long-haul product.
Representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes, Etihad Airways with 25, Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes. The combined value of the agreements is more than US$95 billion at list prices. On the worldwide market there is only one aircraft that can compete with the Triple Seven: the Airbus A350.
Boeings new 777-9X offers seating for more than 400 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices. With a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles (15,185 km), the airplane will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane, says Boeing.
The second member of the family, the 777-8X, will seat 350 passengers on a 9,300 nautical miles (17,220 km) journey. GE Aviation will provide the GE9X engines.