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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 6:45 am

There are no 777-9 test flights scheduled for May 19, 2020. None occurred today (May 18, 2020) as well.

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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 12:22 pm

According to the spreadsheet kindly provided by VCVSpotter, there are quite a few 777-9 frames that have been built so far.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

It seems Boeing plans to transition from 777-300ER to 777-9 only in one year.

Is it possible the last 777-300ER will get delivered in 2021?
How many 777-9 deliveries are expected in 2021?
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 12:25 pm

Flight test 4 has engines on now.

That makes all 4 flight test planes with engines .

3 is coming out any day now
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:26 pm

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Flight test 4 has engines on now.

That makes all 4 flight test planes with engines .

3 is coming out any day now


Ok thank you for the update, I’ll go and update the spreadsheet in a bit to add that.

Your last comment said that 3 is coming out, was it in a hanger or do you mean first flight? Thanks
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:27 pm

VCVSpotter wrote:
Spetsnaz55 wrote:
Flight test 4 has engines on now.

That makes all 4 flight test planes with engines .

3 is coming out any day now


Ok thank you for the update, I’ll go and update the spreadsheet in a bit to add that.

Your last comment said that 3 is coming out, was it in a hanger or do you mean first flight? Thanks



Out of the main factory I meant
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:33 pm

VV wrote:
Is it possible the last 777-300ER will get delivered in 2021?
How many 777-9 deliveries are expected in 2021?


Although I can’t truly give an answer (I’m sure someone can, we have some great people on this forum), I’d say that everything (and I know people have heard this a million times) revolves around airlines and their handling of the COVID crisis. Nobody really wants to take delivery of more aircraft, no matter how fuel efficient, because of the payments they’d have to make in an already cash strapped time. I’d say that coupled with just regular storage during development is why we saw 2 779 (JA072A and A6-EZB) towed out and stored on runway 11/29 yesterday uncompleted. If someone knows a firmer total please chime in.
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:34 pm

Spetsnaz55 wrote:
Flight test 4 has engines on now.

That makes all 4 flight test planes with engines .

3 is coming out any day now


Well, they must have confidence in the new engine if they are ordering more for more test frames.

So in total 4 test frames should be flying in the coming weeks?
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:40 pm

GEUltraFan9XGTF wrote:
Spetsnaz55 wrote:
Flight test 4 has engines on now.

That makes all 4 flight test planes with engines .

3 is coming out any day now


Well, they must have confidence in the new engine if they are ordering more for more test frames.

So in total 4 test frames should be flying in the coming weeks?


It looks like that is the plan. If I recall correctly they should of had all of them flying before the middle of the year, factoring in a 1 month delay or so for COVID I’d say change coming weeks to end of June and I’d agree.
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:41 pm

VCVSpotter wrote:
VV wrote:
Is it possible the last 777-300ER will get delivered in 2021?
How many 777-9 deliveries are expected in 2021?


Although I can’t truly give an answer (I’m sure someone can, we have some great people on this forum), I’d say that everything (and I know people have heard this a million times) revolves around airlines and their handling of the COVID crisis. Nobody really wants to take delivery of more aircraft, no matter how fuel efficient, because of the payments they’d have to make in an already cash strapped time. I’d say that coupled with just regular storage during development is why we saw 2 779 (JA072A and A6-EZB) towed out and stored on runway 11/29 yesterday uncompleted. If someone knows a firmer total please chime in.

Just to give a commercial view on taking new planes. You’re right on that but it also depends on how far into the contract Boeing and the customer are. It makes a lot of sense to take planes that are at/near FAL due to the ore delivery payments made and the financing already being secured. Airlines like emirates, LH and ANA who already have multiple frames built and financing secured on those frames should take those initial frames. Deferrals can come in for frames expected later. 2021 production is going down to be 2/3 a month already anyway
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 2:51 pm

GEUltraFan9XGTF wrote:
Spetsnaz55 wrote:
Flight test 4 has engines on now.

That makes all 4 flight test planes with engines .

3 is coming out any day now


Well, they must have confidence in the new engine if they are ordering more for more test frames.

So in total 4 test frames should be flying in the coming weeks?

I believe so. I’m betting on WH003 for the first week in June
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 3:23 pm

VCVSpotter wrote:
VV wrote:
Is it possible the last 777-300ER will get delivered in 2021?
How many 777-9 deliveries are expected in 2021?


Although I can’t truly give an answer (I’m sure someone can, we have some great people on this forum), I’d say that everything (and I know people have heard this a million times) revolves around airlines and their handling of the COVID crisis. Nobody really wants to take delivery of more aircraft, no matter how fuel efficient, because of the payments they’d have to make in an already cash strapped time. I’d say that coupled with just regular storage during development is why we saw 2 779 (JA072A and A6-EZB) towed out and stored on runway 11/29 yesterday uncompleted. If someone knows a firmer total please chime in.


Those 779s were getting stored regardless, they aren’t apart of the test fleet.
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 3:25 pm

ikolkyo wrote:
VCVSpotter wrote:
VV wrote:
Is it possible the last 777-300ER will get delivered in 2021?
How many 777-9 deliveries are expected in 2021?


Although I can’t truly give an answer (I’m sure someone can, we have some great people on this forum), I’d say that everything (and I know people have heard this a million times) revolves around airlines and their handling of the COVID crisis. Nobody really wants to take delivery of more aircraft, no matter how fuel efficient, because of the payments they’d have to make in an already cash strapped time. I’d say that coupled with just regular storage during development is why we saw 2 779 (JA072A and A6-EZB) towed out and stored on runway 11/29 yesterday uncompleted. If someone knows a firmer total please chime in.


Those 779s were getting stored regardless, they aren’t apart of the test fleet.


I know, I just meant that early frames are usually stored during the test program. Sorry if that was a little misleading.
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 3:40 pm

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It seems Boeing plans to transition from 777-300ER to 777-9 only in one year.

The plan was for the production line to continue to be able to build 77W, 77F or 779 using mobile tooling. I'm not sure you could say the transition will be in one year. You'd have to measure the time for the first 779 to enter production to the time the last 77W/77F exits production. CV19 is also making most plans change in ways that were never anticipated.
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 4:01 pm

Revelation wrote:
The plan was for the production line to continue to be able to build 77W, 77F or 779 using mobile tooling. I'm not sure you could say the transition will be in one year. You'd have to measure the time for the first 779 to enter production to the time the last 77W/77F exits production. CV19 is also making most plans change in ways that were never anticipated.


Boeing did submit a plan to the city of Everett to combine Buildings 40-24 (the 787 Surge Line) and 40-34 (the 777 wing assembly) into the 777X FAL. Did this ever happen, or are they still using 40-34 for the 777 wings and 40-25 (the 777 FAL) with mobile tooling?
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 8:18 pm

Revelation wrote:
VV wrote:
It seems Boeing plans to transition from 777-300ER to 777-9 only in one year.

The plan was for the production line to continue to be able to build 77W, 77F or 779 using mobile tooling. I'm not sure you could say the transition will be in one year. You'd have to measure the time for the first 779 to enter production to the time the last 77W/77F exits production. CV19 is also making most plans change in ways that were never anticipated.


Let me ask an extremely simple question then.

Do you think there will be any 777-300ER left to deliver in December 2021?
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 8:41 pm

VV wrote:
Revelation wrote:
VV wrote:
It seems Boeing plans to transition from 777-300ER to 777-9 only in one year.

The plan was for the production line to continue to be able to build 77W, 77F or 779 using mobile tooling. I'm not sure you could say the transition will be in one year. You'd have to measure the time for the first 779 to enter production to the time the last 77W/77F exits production. CV19 is also making most plans change in ways that were never anticipated.


Let me ask an extremely simple question then.

Do you think there will be any 777-300ER left to deliver in December 2021?

It's doubtful, but I also didn't expect the late orders we saw from UA, BA, and KL. I think Boeing has done better than expected in filling the gap leading to 779, at least pre-CV19. It's also interesting that five EK 779s have already been built along with 2 LH and 2 ANA, according to our production thread.
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 9:10 pm

Revelation wrote:
VV wrote:
Revelation wrote:
The plan was for the production line to continue to be able to build 77W, 77F or 779 using mobile tooling. I'm not sure you could say the transition will be in one year. You'd have to measure the time for the first 779 to enter production to the time the last 77W/77F exits production. CV19 is also making most plans change in ways that were never anticipated.


Let me ask an extremely simple question then.

Do you think there will be any 777-300ER left to deliver in December 2021?

It's doubtful, but I also didn't expect the late orders we saw from UA, BA, and KL. I think Boeing has done better than expected in filling the gap leading to 779, at least pre-CV19. It's also interesting that five EK 779s have already been built along with 2 LH and 2 ANA, according to our production thread.



None of those planes are finished as far as I heard
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Tue May 19, 2020 9:14 pm

Spetsnaz55 wrote:
Revelation wrote:
VV wrote:

Let me ask an extremely simple question then.

Do you think there will be any 777-300ER left to deliver in December 2021?

It's doubtful, but I also didn't expect the late orders we saw from UA, BA, and KL. I think Boeing has done better than expected in filling the gap leading to 779, at least pre-CV19. It's also interesting that five EK 779s have already been built along with 2 LH and 2 ANA, according to our production thread.



None of those planes are finished and will be going back in the main factory at one point...

Is that what happened to WH003 and 004 because they were on the flight line for a while and then they disappeared...I assume to get their engines and test equipment installed
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 4:50 am

Looks like no activity scheduled for tomorrow (May 20) as well.

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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 4:37 pm

Those displays are massive, don’t if it’s the angle but they seem a lil bigger than the 787 display.
 
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Wed May 20, 2020 5:05 pm

and don't forget your boot socks entering the flight deck:)
 
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Thu May 21, 2020 2:13 am

D-ABTA was moved from stall 213 to the fuel dock. I’m assuming to create space for WH003?
 
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D-ABTA was moved from stall 213 to the fuel dock. I’m assuming to create space for WH003?

It actually moved into the factory
 
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Thu May 21, 2020 8:23 am

Nice flight deck. I like sliding windows.
 
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Fri May 22, 2020 4:03 pm

https://aviationweek.com/air-transport/ ... ation-work

An FYI...a TAB (Techicnal Advisrory Board) has been set up to work hand in hand with Boeing and the FAA with certification of the 777X (seeing as it will have an amended type certificate). I believe this is to happen as the 777X is going through testing so it will not affect the EIS timeline.
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Fri May 22, 2020 5:58 pm

Is this TAB a neutral party? Maybe made up European, Canadian, Asian regulatory bodies? Or is the TAB owned by Boeing too?
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Fri May 22, 2020 6:10 pm

GEUltraFan9XGTF wrote:
Is this TAB a neutral party? Maybe made up European, Canadian, Asian regulatory bodies? Or is the TAB owned by Boeing too?

If I am reading the article correctly, the TAB is made up of "internal FAA experts".

TFA says:

They are most often made up of FAA specialists, such as chief scientists, that have no day-to-day responsibility on the program being reviewed, and can tap outside expertise as needed.

So, a committee of FAA grey beards looking over the shoulders of the worker bees, so it seems.

Compare and contrast to the MAX TAB:

The FAA has a TAB reviewing the 737 MAX, which has been grounded since March 2019 while Boeing develops new flight control software and training ordered by the U.S. agency and other regulators. The MAX TAB includes non-FAA experts and is reviewing the agency’s own work on Boeing’s proposed changes, including compliance findings.

Also, just to preempt the inevitable doomsayers:

Its work will not affect the certification timeline of the 777-9, the first model in the new family.
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Fri May 22, 2020 10:24 pm

So the answer GEUltraFan9XGTF's question, ain't much neutral about it.
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Sat May 23, 2020 3:57 am

Both 779 test frames N779XW and N779XX on the flightline at BFI (22 May)

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Sat May 23, 2020 11:53 am

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Both 779 test frames N779XW and N779XX on the flightline at BFI (22 May)

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Seems like last week they had a nice break. Probably background, documentation work etc
 
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Sat May 23, 2020 4:01 pm

@OPUS99 ..... with all the equipment around XX are they installing more instrumentation & when will flight tests resume?

Opus99 wrote:
qf789 wrote:
Both 779 test frames N779XW and N779XX on the flightline at BFI (22 May)

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https://twitter.com/KPAE_Spotter/status ... 96864?s=20

Seems like last week they had a nice break. Probably background, documentation work etc
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Sat May 23, 2020 11:20 pm

Does anyone know why there is so little fresh 77X content on YouTube? Covid keeping the spotters home?
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Does anyone know why there is so little fresh 77X content on YouTube? Covid keeping the spotters home?


That and the fact that there is only 2 aircraft and the only airports you will find them at is GEG and BFI. Here is a good channel for some nice 777X action

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv2gMx ... xnw/videos
 
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Mon May 25, 2020 11:59 am

https://www.aerospacetestinginternation ... tests.html

An update on the GE9X certification. It seems to be doing well
 
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Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Mon May 25, 2020 12:10 pm

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https://www.aerospacetestinginternational.com/news/engine-testing/ge9x-engine-nears-final-certification-tests.html

An update on the GE9X certification. It seems to be doing well

So why do they open the article with an untruth? They said that the GE9X is the most powerful engine in the world. It’s not. The GE90-115 is more powerful.
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