Boeing's second 777X airplane completed its maiden
flight last week.
Captain Ted Grady, 777X project pilot, and
Captain Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot, flew the plane for 2
hours and 58 minutes over Washington state before landing at
Seattle's Boeing Field at 14:02 Pacific.
Designated WH002, this aircraft is the second of
four in a dedicated flight test fleet and will test handling
characteristics and other aspects of airplane performance.
array of equipment, sensors and monitoring devices throughout the
cabin allows the onboard team to document and evaluate the
airplane's response to test conditions in real time.
crews have flown the first airplane nearly 100 hours at a variety
of flap settings, speeds, altitudes and system settings as part of
the initial evaluation of the flight envelope.
airworthiness now demonstrated, the team can safely add personnel
to monitor testing onboard instead of relying solely on a
ground-based telemetry station, unlocking testing at greater
The 777X family includes the 777-8 and the 777-9.
In a typical two-class configuration the
777-8 will be able to seat aproximately 384 passengers and the 777-9 426 passengers.
The aircraft are powered by GE9X engines and they
will have a range or 8,730 nautical miles
(16,170 km) and 7,285 nautical miles (13,500 km) for the 777-8 and
delivery is currently scheduled for 2021.