Boeing’s latest entry into the widebody jetliner market, the 777X, is set to make its international debut this month at the Dubai Airshow. The airplane maker will send a 777-9 flight test aircraft to make an appearance in the show’s flight program, in addition to being part of the static display.
The Dubai Airshow is scheduled to run Nov. 14 through 18 this year. The 2020 event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boeing had originally planned the 777X to go into service in 2019, but the aircraft’s development was hit with several delays, causing the manufacturer to slide the date to late 2023 at the earliest.
The jetliner had been developed for the lucrative international market, which has been hit particularly hard by coronavirus-related global travel restrictions, forcing airline customers to postpone deliveries on large twin-aisle aircraft.
Nevertheless, Boeing conducted the first successful test flights of the 777X in January 2020.
Customers for the aircraft include British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and ANA.
Boeing also said that it would use the Dubai Airshow to highlight its sustainability and technology initiatives. The 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator, an Alaska Airlines 737-9 which is flight testing around 20 technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise and further improve safety will be featured in a static display. An Etihad 787-10 will also showcase showcases the airline’s collaboration with Boeing to advance sustainable aviation.
“Boeing is excited to participate fully in the Dubai Airshow, the first global airshow in almost two years, and to be able to engage directly with customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders from the region and beyond,” said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa.
“The show is a perfect opportunity to come together and remind the world of the importance of our industry and discuss technology and innovations that are critical to advance a more sustainable aerospace industry over the long term.”