Boeing delays the first flight and delivery of the new 777X

New Boeing 777-9 (777X) with foldable wingtips

Boeing, according to a Reuters report, has delayed the delivery of the new long-range 777X due to engine issues with the new type.

The first flight of the 777-9 (777X) is now expected in 2020. The aircraft has been going through taxi tests at Paine Field in Everett, WA (top).

The 777X features new General Electric GE9X engines, new composite wings with folding wingtips, greater cabin width and seating capacity, and technologies from the Boeing 787 according to Wikipedia.

The 777X was launched in November 2013 with two variants: the 777-8 and the 777-9. The 777-8 provides seating for 365 passengers and has a range of 8,690 nautical miles (16,090 km) while the 777-9 has seating for 414 passengers and a range of over 7,525 nautical miles (13,936 km).

There are currently 45 orders for the 777-8 and 280 orders for the 777-9.

Read the full report from Reuters.

Top Copyright Photo: Boeing 777-9 (777X) N779XW (msn 64240) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947287.