Embattled Boeing unveils its brand new 777X airplane

Embattled Boeing unveils its brand new 777X airplane

Boeing is set to unveil its brand new 777X airplane, although the plans have currently been delayed due to the Ethiopian airline crash.

According to a report by CNN, the very first Boeing 777X was presented to company employees in Everett, Washington on March 13.

The initial plan was to unveil the jetliner on Wednesday, but it has been delayed in respect of the victims of the Ethiopian airline, which was a Boeing 737 MAX 8.

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The new Boeing 777X is 252 feet and is longer than its predecessor, the 777-300ER, and the super-stretched Airbus A340-600.

It is also designed to seat between 400 and 425 passengers in two classes, and fly routes of 7,600 nautical miles, more than 14,000 kilometers, the CNN reports.

Meanwhile, eight airlines have already placed 358 orders for the brand new 777X airplane.

The report adds that Dubai-based Emirates will get the first 777-9 next year and the 777-8 will follow two years later.

Boeing airplanes have been under scrutiny after an Ethiopian Airline flight – a Boeing 737 MAX 8 – crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all the 149 passengers and eight crew aboard on Sunday.

A spokesperson for Ethiopian Airlines said among the dead in the crash are 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.

It was also later confirmed that there were 31 other nationalities among those on board the new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane that crashed

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According to authorities, the victims include 18 Canadians; eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.

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Source: Yen

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