LONDON – The Boeing 777X testbed that was at the Dubai Air Show commenced a flight earlier today from Al Maktoum to Doha to highlight the aircraft to Qatar Airways, a customer of the 777X.
With a lot of talk surrounding when the aircraft will actually enter service, Boeing has been making the rounds with big customers of the aircraft type in order to address such concerns.
Qatar Airways placed an order for 60 777Xs back in July 2014, meaning by the time the aircraft enters service in 2023, the airline would have been waiting nearly 10 years for this jet.
But this concern of lateness doesn’t seem to be affecting or bothering the airline that much.
Qatar Airways has taken to social media over the course of today, advertising the benefits of this aircraft and how it will benefit the airline. One tweet below exemplifies this:
According to data from RadarBox.com, BOE001 departed from Al Maktoum at 08:22L time, where the Dubai Air Show is being held currently, and flew 45 minutes west to Doha to see their valued customer.
With Qatar Airways expected to make an order at the Dubai Air Show as well, this comes as no surprise either, as Boeing is evidently trying to sweeten the deal before an announcement is made.