It looks like Boeing's new flagship aircraft, the 777X, is anticipated to be delayed even further, and deliveries aren't expected to start until 2025. The plane was supposed to enter service in 2020 but has been delayed for five years.
The Boeing 777X is the newest version of the plane. The planes are larger than the existing ones and are also popular, so it will come in two versions.
This will likely be the biggest new aircraft we see manufactured in the next decade because there isn't a market for planes like the A380 and 747-8 anymore.
The entry into service for the Boeing 777X has been delayed. The plane has been delayed for a variety of reasons, from production issues to engine issues to certification issues.
The first test flight of the Boeing 777X was supposed to be in the middle of the year, but it was pushed back to early 2020. The plane had issues with the GE9X engines. The engines on the plane were having problems with their wear and were causing a delay in certification.
During the certification process, a door blew off during a stress test. The issues were only the beginning. Boeing is facing a more stringent certification process for the 777X with all the drama surrounding it.
It goes without saying that a lot of airline customers aren't happy with the delays, as they've been relying on Boeing's timelines for their fleet planning. It isn't ideal to delay deliveries by five years.
The delivery of the Boeing 777X is expected to start in early 2025. It sounds like the best case scenario, so who knows how bad it will get. This latest update is over a year behind the one we had last year.
The latest delay is due to the fact that there is a more realistic timetable for getting the Boeing 777X certified. Boeing hoped to get the certification of the 777X by the end of the year. The FAA warned Boeing that its timelines were outdated and no longer reflected the activities of the program.
What a mess Boeing is in. Boeing hasn't been able to deliver the 787s for several months because of issues with the MAX, and now the 777X is delayed by at least five years.
It is not just airlines that should care about delivery delays, but passengers as well. The new flagship aircraft of many airlines was the 777X, and they were going to introduce all new cabins on these planes. For example:
Boeing doesn't expect to deliver its first airplane until early in the 20th century, a five year delay over the initial delivery schedule. Boeing has faced a variety of issues, from engine and testing problems to more stringent certification guidelines from the FAA.
This is disappointing not only for airlines, but also for passengers, as several airlines plan to introduce new onboard products on these jets.
Are you surprised that Boeing delayed the delivery of the 777X?