Paris, France - Boeing is likely to have a delay in the 777X program due to a faulty part in the GE9X engines. The announcement about the issue came from the GE Aviation today, the engine supplier of the aircraft.
Kevin McAllister, the head of the Boeing commercial airplanes, said he was examining the issue closely with the manufacturer. McAllister also said it was early to make any predictions on setbacks for the 777X program.
Boeing was planning to carry out the first flight of the aircraft at the end of this month. The commercial debut of the plane is scheduled in June 2020 with Emirates.
But Emirates' Boss Tim Clark told reporters last week that his company is in talks to partly drop or convert its existing order for the 777X.
Emirates' order for the aircraft represents nearly half of all orders with 150 copies.
These developments might be the first signs of new problems for the American aircraft manufacturer who is currently working hard to return the grounded 737 MAXs to the service after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
“But without a doubt, this is a pivotal moment for all of us. It’s a time to capture learnings. It’s a time to be introspective. And it’s a time for us to make sure accidents like this never happen again,” said McAllister today, during an interview with reporters on the first day of the Paris Air Show.