Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Qatar Airways (Doha) announced an order for 10 additional 777-8Xs and four 777 Freighters (below), valued at $4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015.
The 777X builds on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777, as well as offering more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. The 777X will include new engines, an all-new composite wing and will leverage technologies from the 787 Dreamliner.
The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences.
According to Boeing, “the 777-9X will be 12 percent more fuel efficient than the competition, necessary in today’s competitive environment. The 777-8X is 5 percent more efficient than its competitor at all ranges while providing for new network opportunities. Design of the 777X is underway and production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020. With this order, the 777X has accumulated 320 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.”
Qatar Airways aircraft slide show: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFB (msn 36100) is pictured at Toronto (Pearson).