- Double-Stretched 787 Gathers Momentum
- Emirates Undecided Over 787-10X Purchase, Favours 777X
- Boeing Charleston In With A Shout For Assembly
Boeing has probably spent more time this year talking about the planned 777X family than it has done in respect of the 787-10X. But in the background, it’s the stretched 787 that is closer to both definition and launch.
Jim Albaugh has opined about launching the 787-10X first followed later by the 777X family – it’s likely the 787-10X could get ATO around the time the first major components of the 787-9 start arriving in Everett, WA ahead of final assembly later this fall. The 787-10X is poised to be roughly a 6m stretch (est) over the 787-9, taking length beyond that of the 777-200/777-200ER/777-200LR models at some 69m (est) with tri-class seating for around 323 passengers, or a 10% increase over the 787-9.
What is less clear is where Emirates sits on this airplane having pressed Boeing to launch it. Emirates’ eye favours the 777X for a number of reasons.