Obviously everything seems to come together against Boeing, even the weather! Boeing has just postponed the long-awaited inaugural flight of its new long-haul 777X scheduled to take place this Thursday in Seattle in the northwest of the United States. This time, the rain and the wind came to spoil the party.
"We are postponing the first flight of the 777X which was scheduled for tomorrow, January 23 because of the weather," just announced the American aircraft manufacturer, which hopes to be able to fly this competing aircraft of the Airbus A350 as of Friday.
Even if it is marginal, this incident adds to the setbacks in the design of this aircraft which was originally supposed to fly in spring 2019.
But at that time, Boeing encountered problems with the new engine developed by General Electric. Then faults appeared with the wings or in the development of the flight software.
Last September, during pressurization tests where standards were knowingly exceeded to check the structure, a door literally exploded ...
Deliveries postponed to 2021
While for the first time in its history Boeing presented a negative balance of orders in 2019, the arrival of the 777X should in principle allow Boeing to recover with this long haul which is to replace the current 777.
Capable of carrying 384 to 426 passengers, this aircraft has already garnered 340 orders from seven major airlines, including Emirates, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways.
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Except that in the best of cases, Boeing will only be able to deliver its first aircraft from 2021 instead of mid-2020. Suffice to say that this opens a beautiful window for Airbus to get ahead.
Production of the 737 MAX revived before June
At the same time, Boeing is still trapped with its 737 MAX nailed to the ground since the two accidents in the spring that killed 346 people. David Calhoun, the new Boeing boss who arrived at the helm of the company in early January, was optimistic. He estimated that production of the 737 MAX, more than two-thirds of the Boeing order backlog, should be "restarted" before June. "We are going to resume production slowly and steadily a few months before the MAX is put back into service in mid-2020," he said. The production of the device has been stopped since January.
"I believe in this plane. I believe in it because we made it. The pilots believe in it. It's just that the aircraft approval process is new, "he said, adding," Once the pilots are back in control of the modified MAX and are confident, I'm confident that the customers and the travelers will follow. "