Boeing completes first test flight of world’s largest twin-engine plane
Share article:
Share article:

Boeing completes first test flight of world’s largest twin-engine plane

The Boeing 737Max can hold 406 passengers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Boeing Company successfully completed on Saturday the first test flight of what is the world’s largest twin-engine plane- the Boeing 777X.

The plane, which can hold over 400 passengers, took off at around 10:10 AM from Everett- the largest city in Snohomish County in Washington- before landing some hours later at around 2:00 PM in Seattle.

The test flight was forced to be cancelled twice last week due to poor weather conditions. Saturday’s test flight is the first in a series of tests required to take place before Boeing can apply for approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), De Standaard explains.

The 777X was expected to be launched earlier this year, but due to some technical difficulties, the launch was postponed.

After receiving over 300 orders for the 777X model, Boeing hopes to be able to deliver the first unit some time in 2021, when it will face competition from Airbus’ A350-1000 plane which can seat about 360 passengers.

The first successful flight test of the 777X comes after Boeing was forced to ground nearly 400 models of a different new airliner- the 737 Max- in the middle of 2019, following two fatal crashes that saw 346 people killed.

Only days after Boeing announced that airlines should not expect for the 737 Max to be flying again before the middle of 2020, the FAA came out on Friday to say that it the 737 Max may make a sooner return.

Evie McCullough
The Brussels Times

Latest news

‘More concern and false impressions’: colds are not worse than before, experts say
While it seems like cold viruses are hitting especially hard this autumn, with more severe and longer-lasting symptoms, doctors are saying that this ...
More women take police selection tests in Belgium
The selection tests to become a police inspector have more and more female participants, according to figures released by Interior Affairs Minister ...
‘Absurd’: all Brussels schools should have the same Covid rules
Several city councillors for education in Brussels are calling to abolish the "absurd" differences in coronavirus measures for Dutch-speaking and ...
Massive renovations for iconic venue in the heart of Brussels
Brussels concert hall Ancienne Belgique has announced plans to renovate the AB Café and the AB Salon and is looking for a contractor fit for the job. ...
Display of child’s room in Brussels raises awareness of foster families
An exhibit that features a fictitious child’s bedroom has been on display since Tuesday at the Place d'Armes in Namur, with the support of the ...
Test results show pupils have fallen behind in Flemish schools
Learning delays have been reported in almost all subject areas in Flanders since the start of the pandemic, a trend that continued in 2021, a ...
Belgium considers relaxing testing rules for UK travellers
At the next Consultative Committee meeting, Belgium will look into relaxing the testing and entry policy for travellers coming from the United ...
Jette libraries start giving plants away with books
Visitors to libraries in the Brussels municipality of Jette will soon be able to pick up a free plant along with a book, thanks to the new Plantotek ...
‘Do what you want, but do it as safely as possible,’ experts warn
As the daily number of new coronavirus infections exceeds 3,000 for the first time since May, infectious disease expert Erika Vlieghe and ...
‘We’re running dry’: Brussels teacher shortage reaches critical levels
The teacher shortage in Brussels is affecting schools across language borders, according to Brussels’ Minister for Multilingualism and Dutch ...
New coronavirus infections above 3,000 for first time since May
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to the highest rate since the start of May 2021. Between 9 and 15 October, ...
Belgium in Brief: Getting To The Airport
When I saw the news of plans for a tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels' outskirts to the airport, my first reaction was sheer joy.  Let ...