Emirates Airline offered a first glimpse at its future Boeing 777X on Monday with a tweet showing the airplane in production at the planemaker’s US factory in Everett, Washington.
“We’re proud to see the UAE flag for the first time on the Emirates Boeing 777X,” the Emirates tweet said. “Currently in production, the 777X combines the best features of today’s @BoeingAirplanes 777 with a longer fuselage, new engines, new composite wing design, greater cabin width and seating capacity.”
In July, however, Boeing said that an issue with the 777X’s General Electric GE9X engines has led to delays in the aircraft’s first flight, although it says deliveries are still expected to progress as planned.
“The 777X programme is progressing well through pre-flight testing,” Boeing said in a statement. “While the company is still targeting late 2020 for first delivery of the 777X, while there is significant risk to this schedule given engine challenges, which are delaying first flight until early 2020.”
Arabian Business has reached out to Emirates for comment.