Boeing puts ultra-long-range 777-8 on hold

Boeing puts ultra-long-range 777-8 on hold

Boeing is delaying the ultra-long-range version of its 777X’s entry into service. The length of the delay is unspecified.

Boeing puts ultra-long-range 777-8 on hold

The news comes as Boeing’s 737 MAX remains grounded since March, following two fatal crashes on the aircraft. The company is also facing engine-related delays which have pushed the 777-9’s launch back to 2020.

Qantas had not placed a 777-8 order yet but is understood to be due to make a decision by the end of the year and looking for delivery in 2022, in line with the launch of its 21-hour non-stop Sydney-London flights in 2023.

Reducing risk

Boeing’s Paul Bergman told Reuters: “We reviewed our development programme schedule and the needs of our current 777X customers and decided to adjust the schedule.

“The adjustment reduces risk in our development programme, ensuring a more seamless transition to the 777-8. We continue to engage with our current and potential customers on how we can meet their fleet needs. This includes our valued customer Qantas.”

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