Boeing’s 777 has passed the 2000 order milestone – the first widebody aircraft to do so.
Randy Tinseth, Boeing’s VP of Marketing wrote in this blog: “In December, we won 17 net orders for the 777 from BOC Aviation and two unidentified customers, bringing the program to 2,013 orders since its launch. The total includes popular models such as the 777-300ER (Extended Range) passenger jet, the long-range 777 Freighter, and the new 777X.
“Beyond the overall sales total, the 777’s order performance in 2018 – and in recent years – really shows the family’s incredible staying power as the leader in the long-haul market. After clinching 40 net orders in 2017, the 777 won 51 net orders in 2018 and 209 orders over the past five years.”
And last week the world’s largest commercial jet engine, the GE9X, was installed on the Boeing 777X ready for rollout next month.
The GE9X engine is the most fuel-efficient commercial engine ever built and is a key contributor to what makes the 777X the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world according to Boeing.
The 777X provides 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than competing airplanes says, Boeing.
The engine’s front fan measures 134 inches (340 centimeters) in diameter, the largest ever produced for a commercial aircraft, according to GE. The massive fan is the same width as a 737 fuselage.
The 777X first delivery is slated for 2020.
To date, Boeing has won 340 orders and commitments for the 777X from a range of airlines, including All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.