Seattle, Washington - The images taken by aviation photographer Matt Cawby at the Everett plant reveal that Boeing has assembled the first 777-9 for Emirates.
WH007 777-9 line 1611 for Emirates was moved out of the Everett factory to the field this evening pic.twitter.com/3xVSKvEMzi— Paine Airport (@mattcawby) July 30, 2019
But Gulf carrier might receive its first 777-9 later than initially planned. Because it is not clear yet if Boeing will be able to deliver the aircraft on time. Boeing had to delay the first flight of its long-awaited widebody jet due to a technical problem found on the GE9X engines.
According to a statement made by the manufacturer last week, the first flight of the 777-9 was delayed until 2020.
Both Emirates and Lufthansa claimed to be the launch customer for the 777-9 in the past. There is now more clarity about it. Lufthansa will receive the first 777-9 in December 2020 and Emirates in January 2021.
The Dubai-based carrier has ordered 150 Boeing 777X in total, of which 115 are 777-9s and 35 are smaller 777-8s. They are intended to replace older Boeing 777s in the fleet.
Lufthansa has so far ordered twenty 777-9. With the arrival of these planes, the German flag carrier will retire its remaining Boeing 747s.
With a length of 76.7 meters, the 777-9 will be the longest twin-engine passenger aircraft ever. The combination of new engines and larger wings makes Boeing's new widebody considerably more efficient than its predecessor, the 777-300ER.
Boeing has so far received 280 orders for the 777X. In addition to the Emirates and Lufthansa, Etihad, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and British Airways will also include the new airplane in their fleets.
The 777-8, the shorter variant of the 777X family, will enter into service around two years later than the 777-9. The 777-8 is optimized for ultra-long-haul flights.