Boeing 777X, the world’s largest twin-engine jet, has completed its first test flight. According to the BBC, the 252-foot-long passenger plane took off near Seattle and flew successfully for four hours.
The 777X is larger and more efficient than their previous 777 mini-jump, including the world’s largest commercial engines and folding wingtips. The plane will be a competitor with the Airbus A350-1000 that seats 360 passengers.
Boeing stated that it has already sold 309 planes, worth more than $442 million each. However, further test are planned before the aircraft enters service next year with Emirates.
“It represents the great things we can do as a company,” said 777X marketing director Wendy Sowers, to BBC.
Since the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max series due to two air crashes, Boeing has lost more than $9 billion, said the BBC. Boeing hopes that the 777X will help boost its shattered image.