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Boeing wins order for 20 777X jets from undisclosed customer

New widebody that has not yet been certified reached 481 net orders, according to planemaker

Boeing reached a deal to sell 20 777X jets in March. The customer, however, was not revealed.

The new order appears in the report updated on April 9, along with eight 777-9s from Ethiopian Airlines and 85 737 MAX from American Airlines.

According to Boeing, there are now 481 net orders for the 777X family. Emirates Airline accounts for 43% of orders, with 205 firm orders.

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Although the new order was not detailed, a check of the order list by variant confirms that the 20 widebodies are the 777-9 model, with a greater passenger capacity.

Boeing has 383 orders for the version, in addition to 43 777-8 and 55 777-8F freighters.

Ethiopian Airlines 777-9 renderings (Boeing)

Type certification expected in 2025

The 777X is an evolution of the classic 777, launched in the 90s. The new generation added several technologies from the 787 Dreamliner, as well as more efficient wings and more powerful GE90X engines.

The widebody is offered as a replacement for older four-engine aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, offering greater range and a lower operating cost.

But its direct rival, Airbus’ A350, has garnered several orders, including from important 777 operators such as Korean Air.

The 777X program experienced initial delays due to the GE90X turbofans, but then Boeing faced greater scrutiny from aviation authorities after repeated problems such as the crash of two 737 MAX and assembly line failures.

Boeing says it expects the aircraft to be certified in 2025, however, the target depends on the requirements of the FAA, the civil aviation authority in the United States.


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