The delay in licensing the long-distance 777X has cost Boeing billions of dollars and angered its customers, but the American manufacturer is betting on the success of the model and the recovery of the ride.
After several months in the testing phase, the world’s largest aircraft was delivered this week for the first time outside the United States at the Dubai Airshow, the largest conglomerate in the aviation industry since the launch of the Kovit-19 epidemic.
According to “French”, the blue-and-white-painted aircraft combined short turns and rapid ascent to perform on the side of the exhibition.
Its presentation in Dubai is not a coincidence because Emirates is the headquarters of Emirates Airlines, which previously ordered 115 of these aircraft, knowing that two-thirds of the 320 global orders from the start of production in 2013 were in the Gulf region.
But while the first deliveries were expected to take place at the end of 2023, it was delayed several times, forcing Boeing to resort to additional cost savings of $ 6.5 billion.
“Boeing (license) has postponed the certification to July 2023. Knowing that we will receive it in June 2020, no one knows whether they will win or not? These delays cost his company millions of dollars and forced him to upgrade older aircraft while waiting for the 777X to be delivered. “We need all our planes to get our network back, and the manufacturers can’t let us slow down,” Clark said.
Therefore, in order to obtain a license to allow aircraft to fly for commercial purposes, “Boeing” must assure its customer of the progress of the tests.
According to Boeing’s Business Director Ehsan Maunir, the aircraft is now “ready for 600 test flights or 1,700 flying hours, and its performance is good.”
Two crashes of the 737 Max, which were not allowed to fly for several months, exposed flaws in the aircraft’s design and licensing processes. To fly again, Max had to go through the re-licensing process before the US regulator.
“Accidents made me think about development projects and what we do, learn lessons from Max and apply them to future development projects,” said Mike Fleming, Boeing’s senior manager.
He added, “Available in two variants, the 777X, 777-8 and 777-9 with folding nozzles and newer engines, a cargo version will be officially launched soon.”
Boeing promises to reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions compared to previous generations. And if it enters the market at the end of 2023, it will overcome the global travel paralysis caused by Covit-19 and begin to fly in the midst of the recovery phase of the aviation industry around the world.
“We expect a three-phase recovery as long-term demand increases and we will return to pre-crisis levels by 2024,” said Tom Sanderson, the company’s director of marketing.
“This coincides with the beginning of a wave of changes for Whitebody aircraft, which is very lucrative for aircraft manufacturers,” he added.
He also predicted that “many older generation long-haul aircraft will begin to reach the end of their lives and will continue to see an increase in the number of aircraft retiring by 2030.”
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) estimates that the number of flights will double in 2050 from the pre-Covit-19 volume, while Boeing expects to receive about 7,700 new wide-body aircraft by 2040.
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