Saturday’s fire at a newly constructed building at Boeing Co’s Everett, WA, factory, will not cause any delays to production of the 777X aircraft, says the business. The new build was meant to house wing production facilities for the new jetliner.
On Monday, the organization said the fire at Everett was under control. The premises was empty when the blaze began, says Boeing. It was quickly put out without any injury.
The 777X is the successor to the 777 and 787 Dreamliner. Boeing claims the plane is the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with unmatched performance. Its cabin is inspired by the Dreamliner and includes larger windows, new lighting, with a wider cabin.
Boeing has received 306 orders for the 777X. Production is due to start in 2017 with the first delivery in 2020. Etihad Airways ordered 25 planes and Lufthansa German Airlines booked 20 aircraft. Both placed their orders on November 17, 2013. Either one of these would get that first delivery.
In 2015, Popular Science magazine chose the 777X for its “Best of What's New” category. The award is given to 100 new products and technologies in aviation, health and software among many others.
The magazine wrote: “Wing size matters—bigger wings generate greater lift, which can improve an airplane’s fuel efficiency. With a 235-foot wingspan, one of the largest in the industry, Boeing’s new 777X twin-engine airliner will undercut its competitors in both fuel consumption and operating costs per seat. Thanks to their carbon-fiber composition, the wings are both strong and flexible—and the tips even fold up so today’s airports can accommodate their wider span.”
The new model has will carry a maximum 425 passengers with a range of 7,600 nautical miles. Its in-flight wingspan measures 71.8 meters. Folding wing-tips adds an extra seven meters to wing-span in an attempt to maximize fuel efficiency.
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. supplies the 777X fuselage sections, pylons, nacelles, and the wing pieces. Slung under the wings will be the GE9X engines provided by General Electric Company. On a pounds-of-thrust basis, GE says the engine is the most fuel-efficient jet engine it has yet produced. It can deliver 10% of enhanced aircraft fuel burn compared to the GE90-115B-powered 777-300ER.
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