Just a few weeks ago, airlines were given a preview of another 777 refresh code-named 778X. The 8X will be the world’s longest-range passenger jet and best the 777-200LR with a range of 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km)! This is in addition to the 777-9X, a 400-seat version of the 777. Tim Hepher and Praveen Menon from Reuters cover what’s known so far.
Randy Tinseth, vice president of Boeing marketing, told financiers in January the 777X would have “significantly lower operating cost” and greater payload and range ability. Airbus says its 350-seater is the right size and costs less to run. As both sides trot out competing claims, the 777 vs A350 contest is likely to spark a fierce debate on technology – just as the industry digests the lessons of recent technical troubles on the 787 Dreamliner and, before that, the A380 superjumbo.
Also, see the Winging It blog for proposed tech specs of each jet as compared to today’s current long-range planes!