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BOEING POSTPONES 777X DEBUT AFTER ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES CRASH

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Boeing has delayed plans to unveil its huge new 777X jetliner this week, following Sunday’s deadly crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing-manufactured plane, killing all passengers and crew on board.

Boeing has delayed plans to unveil its huge new 777X jetliner this week, following Sunday’s deadly crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing-manufactured plane, killing all passengers and crew on board.

 

Boeing announced last week that the 777X, which can carry as many as 425 passengers, would make its “debut to the world” this coming Wednesday. It described the 777X as “the largest, most efficient twin-engine jet” on the planet.

However, a statement from the company said that Boeing is now postponing the outdooring of the 777X. It has not announced when the event is likely to take place, but says there are no other changes to the schedule for the aircraft.

157 killed

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday morning just minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi. All 157 people on board were killed.

The disaster happened less than five months after another 737 MAX 8 went down off the coast of Indonesia in late October, killing 189 people.

In a separate statement on Sunday, Boeing said it had been “deeply saddened” to learn of the deaths of the people on the Ethiopian Airlines flight.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew,” the manufacturer said.

Monster jet

The company has orders for more than 300 of the huge 777X planes, mostly from airlines in the Middle East and Asia. It plans to begin deliveries next year.

Dubbed “The Boss” by Boeing, the 777X has the largest jet engines the aerospace industry has ever developed.

Measuring 252 feet (77 metres) from nose to tail, it is the longest passenger jet the company has produced in its 102-year history. And with a wingspan of 235 feet (72 metres), it’s also the widest.

Despite its vast wings, the 777X will be able to fit into the same gates and use the same taxiways as today’s 777 planes, thanks to special wingtips that fold upwards after landing to make it narrower.

The wider wings are designed to give the jetliner extra lift and therefore help save fuel.

The 777X also features new lighting, architecture, a wider cabin and larger windows, located higher on the fuselage than for the present 777.

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