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Boeing says first flight of 777-9X delayed to 2020

A screenshot of a Boeing video displaying the 777-9X being put by way of low-speed taxi exams. (Boeing)

Boeing chief government Dennis Muilenburg says first flight of the corporate’s 777-X program has been pushed again to early 2020 due to issues with the plane’s engines.

The delay was announced as half of Boeing’s second quarter outcomes launched on Wednesday (US time), which showed a internet loss US$2.94 billion for the second quarter of calendar 2019.

Muilenburg stated GE Aviation was working via “some challenges” with the GE9X engine that may power the 777-X family of aircraft.

“Based on GE’s latest assessment on what it will take to address these challenges, we are currently projecting that first flight will occur in early 2020 rather than in 2019 as we have previously mentioned,” Muilenburg advised reporters and the financial group throughout Boeing’s second quarter results conference name.

“This scheduled flight is obviously disappointing given how well the aircraft has been performing in preflight tests and that we are on track on non-engine activities.”

Presently, Boeing has two 777-9X flight check plane being put by means of preflight exams. Muilenburg stated the aircraft was preforming properly, with intermediate gauntlet and preliminary taxi checks accomplished through the three months to June 30 2019.

Additional, Boeing stated the main target was presently on last techniques, propulsion, and plane degree exams.

Boeing 777X First Taxi Check

Our first #777X flight check airplane made its runway debut! Our groups carried out a collection of low-speed taxi checks, marking the first time this aircraft moved by itself power. That is one of many exams before the 777X takes to the skies later this yr.

Posted by The Boeing Company on Friday, 21 June 2019

The manufacturer had been concentrating on a mid-2019 timeframe for first flight of the 777-X household of aircraft. Nevertheless, issues with the engine’s compressor that emerged in current occasions has pressured Boeing to regulate the timetable.

While Boeing was nonetheless concentrating on 2020 for first delivery of the 777-9X – the first of two variants in the 777-X family of aircraft – Muilenburg stated the challenges with the engine was “putting risk on the overall test schedule”.

“While we continue to target 2020 for first delivery of the 777-9 the engine issue has added significant risk to the schedule,” Muilenburg stated.

“We continue to work closely with GE as well as explore opportunities to improve the schedule such as leveraging our system integration labs and additional airplane ground testing as we strive to meet this delivery target in a manner consistent with our commitment to safety.”

“We continue to expect 777 delivery rates to be approximately 3.5 aircraft per month in 2019. Given the pressure around 777X first delivery timeline, we are reassessing the 2020 skyline. In light of the strong demand for our freighter line, we intend to mitigate some of the impact by producing more 777 current-generation freighters in 2020.”

A file image of the GE Aviation GE9X engine at the staff-only roll-out event for the first 777-9X in March 2019. (Wikimedia Commons/Dan Nevill)

A file picture of the GE Aviation GE9X engine at the staff-only roll-out event for the first 777-9X in March 2019. (Wikimedia Commons/Dan Nevill)

The 777-X is a two-aircraft household

Launched in 2013, the 777-X household of aircraft comprise the 777-8X and 777-9X variants. The pair is an upgrade from Boeing’s in-production 777-200LR and and 777-300ER.

As well as to the brand new GE Aviation GE9X engines, options of the 777-X household included composite wings with folding wingtips to keep its Code E score at airports, in addition to in-cabin enhancements corresponding to bigger overhead stowage and a wider cross part.

The 777-9X is 77 metres in length and has a total wingspan of 72 metres with its wingtips extended. It’s succesful of flying 7,285nm when carrying 426 passengers in a two-class configuration, in accordance to Boeing figures.

The 777-X folding wingtips. (Boeing/Facebook)

The 777-X folding wingtips (Boeing/Facebook)

It has been pitched as the perfect alternative for the very giant plane phase of the market, especially in mild of Airbus’s determination to cancel the A380 program.

Boeing can also be constructing the 777-8X, which continues to be in improvement. The Boeing website lists the aircraft as having a variety of 8,690nm and a passenger capability of 384 passengers in a two-class format. The plane was anticipated to enter service in 2022.

The 777-8X was considered a possible alternative for the in-service Boeing 777-300ER. It’s also a candidate for Qantas’s Challenge Sunrise challenge to Airbus and Boeing to have an plane succesful of operating nonstop between Australia’s east coast and New York and London.

An artist's impression of the 777-9X and 777-8X.

An artist’s impression of the 777-9X and 777-8X. (Boeing)

Airbus’s candidate is the A350 platform.

The 777-X program, which had acquired 344 orders at June 30 2019 according to the Boeing web site, is up towards the A350-1000 within the very giant plane phase of the market.

A file image of the first 777-9X being rolled out at a staff-only event in March 2019. (Wikimedia Commons/Dan Nevill)

A file picture of the first 777-9X being rolled out at a staff-only occasion in March 2019. (Wikimedia Commons/Dan Nevill)

Boeing aiming to submit 737 MAX ultimate certification package deal by September

In the meantime, Muilenburg stated the corporate was persevering with to handle a software program problem america Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found when evaluating Boeing’s software program fix for the grounded 737 MAX.

The Boeing chief government described the difficulty as a selected condition of flight that was “unrelated” to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), an anti-stall software that has been implicated by investigators as a think about fatal crashes of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Lion Air flight 610 in March 2019 and October 2018, respectively.

“We agreed with the FAA’s decision and we are currently working on the software changes to address this requirement,” Muilenburg stated.

“In addition, we are working with the FAA and different regulators to complete as many parts of the certification course of as attainable in parallel with the development of the software replace.

“We will submit our final certification package to the FAA once we have satisfied all of their requirements, which we currently estimate will be in the September time frame.”

And while Boeing based mostly its second quarter financial results on the idea that regulatory approval in america and elsewhere would start early in fourth quarter 2019, the corporate careworn the actual timing and circumstances of the return to service of the 737 MAX can be decided by the regulatory authorities and will differ from its personal forecasts.

“If any of the timeline assumptions change significantly from a start of the fourth quarter return to service, then we’ll have to evaluate alternatives,” Muilenburg stated.

“And those alternatives could include different production rates. They could include a temporary shutdown of the line, not something we want to do, but an alternative that we have to prepare for, I think it’s a smart part of our thorough and disciplined process here to make sure we’re covering all scenarios.”

Muilenburg stated Boeing was “working tirelessly” to meet the requirements of the FAA and different international aviation regulators.

“The process is dynamic and involves constant dialogue on outstanding questions and open issues that will continue in the days and weeks ahead,” Muilenburg stated.

“We are committed to working with these regulators to satisfy all of the requirements and to ensure the 737 MAX’s safe return to service.”

Muilenburg stated the corporate had carried out “a dozen customer conferences with MAX operators around the world and nearly 225 simulator sessions to develop test and demonstrate the software”.

“In addition, we conduct weekly technical calls with our customers worldwide to ensure that all the appropriate steps are being taken so that the fleet is fully prepared to return to service when the grounding is lifted,” Muilenburg stated.

Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington State. (Wikimedia Commons/SounderBruce)

Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing Area in Seattle, Washington State. (Wikimedia Commons/SounderBruce)

737 MAX grounding pushes Boeing to second quarter loss

The worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX since March has taken a heavy toll on Boeing’s bottom line.

Boeing reported a internet loss of US$2.94 billion for the three months to June 30 2019, slumping into the pink from internet revenue of US$2.20 billion within the prior corresponding period.

Income fell 35 per cent to US$15.75 billion, Boeing stated in a regulatory submitting on Wednesday (US time).

It was the most important quarterly loss in the firm’s historical past and the first quarterly loss in a decade.

The end result was impacted by a beforehand announced after-tax cost of US$4.9 billion in relation to the grounding of the 737 MAX.

Boeing delivered 90 plane within the three months to June 30 2019, comprising 24 737s, two 747s, 10 767s, 12 777s and 42 787s. The full was less than half of the 194 deliveries achieved similar quarter a yr in the past.

It was a a lot brighter picture at Boeing’s other two enterprise models.

Boeing Defence, Area and Security posted an eight per cent improve in revenue to US$6.61 billion amid greater volumes across by-product aircraft, satellites, and weapons”. Earnings jumped 159 per cent to US$975 million.

“During the quarter, Defense, Space & Security received contracts for MH-47G Block II Chinook for the US Army Special Operations, F/A-18 service life modification for the US Navy, Joint Direct Attack Munition for the US Air Force, and Wideband Global Satellite Communication for the US Air Force,” Boeing stated.

“Significant milestones achieved during the quarter included completion of the first T-X Trainer flight test on contract with the US Air Force and the final parachute test for the Commercial Crew spacecraft.”

Meanwhile, Boeing International Providers achieved an 11 per cent improve in revenue to US$four.54 billion, which was “primarily driven by the acquisition of Boeing Distribution Services, Inc. (formerly KLX) and higher international government services volume”. Earnings have been up 14 per cent raise at US$687 million.

“During the quarter, Global Services was awarded Performance Based Logistics contracts for AH-64 Apache for the US Army and KC-767A Tanker for the Italian Air Force,” Boeing stated.

“At the Paris Air Show, Global Services signed commitments with ASL Aviation Holdings and GECAS for up to 45 737-800 converted freighters and announced digital solution agreements with Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways.”