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Rendering of Lufthansa's 777-9X. Image: Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Boeing’s 777-9X is almost go as Lufthansa commits to order for 34.

Lufthansa has become a launch customer for the yet to be launched next generation Boeing 777X project ordering 34 777-9Xs in addition to 25 Airbus A350-900s, with options and purchase rights for an additional 60 aircraft – 30 each of the 777-9X and A350-900.

The 777-9X will be powered by the General Electric GE9X and feature a new advanced composite wing, which at 71 metres will be the longest aircraft wing Boeing has produced. The result? An estimated 20 per cent better fuel efficiency and a 15% reduction in operating costs over the 777-300ER resulting in the lowest seat kilometre costs in the industry.

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MSN1 powers up for the first time. Image: Airbus SAS.

Next steps for the next generation.

With the worst news for airlines behind them, Airbus and Boeing are now making fast tracks in the development of their next generation aircraft families. On May 30 in Everett, Boeing commenced final assembly – the process of joining the wings, fuselage sections, and integrating systems – of the first Boeing 787-9¬†on the former 767 […]

Image: Airbus SAS.

Ain’t she pretty? Airbus rolls out painted A350XWB.

Airbus has rolled out its first Airbus A350-900 MSN001 in its full paint scheme at its Toulouse production facility. Airbus is yet to set an official date for the maiden sortie of the prototype flight test aircraft. Fitted with Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines the aircraft has spent close to a week in the paint […]

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Airbus’ future of flight

For an industry so focused on innovation and efficiency, commercial aviation is seemingly on an eternally long, straight taxiway to deliver the next great fuel saving. Important in an industry facing extreme operational pressures, but what comes next? Airbus’ 2050 Concept Aircraft and Smart Skies are more than just a funky conceptualisation, Airbus sees them […]

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