Boeing gave AviationSource access and an inside look at the Boeing 777X at the Paris Air Show.
Whilst the weather wasn’t optimal, to their credit, they still went ahead with the tour and let us have an incredible look inside the testbed.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Inside the Boeing 777X at the Paris Air Show
Onboard the aircraft, they made it clear in how their windows are larger than its competitor, being the Airbus A350 at the current moment. It remains true. The passenger windows on the 777X are massive!
Also, there are a series of computers analysing data onboard the aircraft, as well as standard passenger seats with in-flight entertainment onboard for employees to use when on long flights such as Seattle to Paris, which it did for the airshow.
We got excellent wing views, which shows the folding wingtip, as well as the behemoth of an engine, being the GE Aerospace GE9X. You could definitely fit a couple of cars in there, it is that big!
Speaking to test flight engineers, they have said that the aircraft is performing well, and does appear to be on track for a 2025 certification, pending no other issues with the aircraft come up in due course.
Inside the cockpit, it is very similar to that of the Boeing 787, with a few differences, but shows how much Boeing is striving for commonality on fleet types, like what Airbus does with the A320, A330neo and A350 respectively.
This commonality will certainly prove to be useful for operators of both types (787/777X) as it should prove easier to cross-train their crew to operate both aircraft, reducing the cost impact of having to re-train or obtain new type certifications.
The pilots have said that it has been a joy to fly, especially with its flying displays here in Le Bourget at the Paris Air Show.
One of the test pilots said to AviationSource that it has to disengage a setting on the bank angle tools to ensure that it can actually do the steep banks that the trade public has seen this week.
Overall, the aircraft looks incredible inside, and Boeing do seem to be making some strong progress on the 777X.
All eyes will be on them to see whether they can remain on time for a 2025 certification, as well as first deliveries thereafter.