The long run

We know the 777 is a favorite of both our airline customers and their passengers. And excitement is building as we get closer to launching the new 777X.

Today, Lufthansa became our first customer to commit to the airplane—selecting 34 777-9Xs for their new long-haul fleet.

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The 777-9X in Lufthansa livery.

Lufthansa is an amazing customer and we thank them for their confidence in this airplane. The 777-9X will join the 747-8 in the airline’s long-haul lineup. Lufthansa created a special webpage where you can see more details.

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We’re actively talking with other customers about the 777X, and I can tell you that they like what they’re hearing. With a new composite wing and all-new engines, the 777-9X will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine commercial jet in the world. It will also boast the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane— with no competitor in its market segment. That’s good news for the airlines—and their passengers.

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We look forward to building on this momentum as we target the formal launch of the 777X for later this year. Stay tuned.

Comments (17)

Dave Anderson (Seattle):

Fabulous airplane for a very forward-looking airline. Can't wait to see it fly, and hitch a ride somewhere.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Congratulations, much historical precedent here. An to be excited about!

Jozsef Meszaros (Gyomro, Hungary):

but yes, the Airbus A350 XWB is a direct competitor of the Boeing 777X... I wonder if the 777X can repeat the success of the Boeing Signature Interior or of the Boeing Sky Interior? even if you don't spend much time flying as a frequent passenger the interior is important...

V V (Montréal, Québec):

I have always been amazed by the fact that the 777-300ER does not have any credible contender since its entry into service in 2004. The very first contender would be the A350-1000XWB that will enter into service in 2017 if the program is not discontinued.

Now, the 777-9 will be another case of long haul aircraft that does not have any credible contender. It will become yet another anomaly (click here) in recent aviation history.

Jamie (Southampton):

This is a very big endorsement for the 777X family and with an impending launch,its fair to say the 777X will be a very popular machine.

Behind the paywall of this site, you can see the ramifications for what the 777X, and specifically what the 777-9X represents:

http://www.strategicaeroresearch.com/2013/09/20/777x-a3501000/

The big question for Airbus will be asking is how to be more competitive versus the 777X because as it stands, the 777-9X simply has no competition. Boeing will no doubt be smiling right now.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

With Lufthansa's order on process and interest in other airlines coming through it is only certain that the 777-9X will be launched shortly.

Victor Olick (Nairobi, Kenya):

It was inevitable that the new 777X will eclipse all endeavors of his future- closest competitor. There has been no sport equal to that which aviators have enjoyed onboard the offices of 777-300ER, 777LR, 777F and 777-200ER; the new 777X decked with technologically advanced composite wings promises unmistakable feat. Congratulation is in order for the invigorated 777 team!

Robert (Vancouver, Canada):

Congratulations to Boeing and Lufthansa on the 777-9X.

It now looks like that the 777 will have a long extended life and will not be replaced as Airbus's John Leahy had proclaimed with introduction of their A350-1000. Read the reasons why Lufthansa picked the 777-9X over the A350-1000.

Great picture of the 777-9X in Lufthansa's livery, which I think is one the best in the airline industry.

Was looking forward to flying on a Lufthansa 747-8 or 777-9X from Vancouver to Frankfurt, but unfortunately neither one of these new airliners will be in service on this route.

Frank (England):

All of this is good news Randy and with no competitor, it goes without saying that the 777-9X will be the most efficient aircraft of its class. I think if we're to compare apples to apples it would be good to compare the 777-8X to the Airbus A350-1000. Do you have some figures for that?

Tim K (Ont Can.):

I strongly believe this may be the best idea from Boeing in years. This plane really makes sense and most importantly it is alone in this new segment. I expect to see a flurry of orders regarding this plane soon as many airlines shy away from the likes of the A380 and unfortunately the 748. I predict Emirates will order 50 of these 777-9X...

Junn Shimizu (Mansfield, Ohio, United States):

Finally, the 777X has its first committing customer! This is truly a long awaited moment. I've flown on the 777-300ER to Japan every year and I've enjoyed its comfort each time. It never ceases to amaze me. I can't wait to see how the 777X will fly and feel.

Needhal B. (Soisy, France):

Congratulations Boeing!

If Tim Clark is a man of his word.
(Emirates has not order the 747-8!)

I predict 80 777-9X and 15-20 777-8X!

Randy,

do we pleasure,

can you show us here very shortly the new cab interior of the 777-X please?

Alexander Cheong (Singapore):

Boeing 777 is a great plane and i always love it. Except the 3-3-3 seating arrangement - it is so difficult for someone who have a window seat, need to cross two people in order to go to washroom, on a long flight in particularly.

K. Kele (Hilo, Hawai'i (Hawai'i County) U.S.A.):

I'm speechless...

Big thanks to Lufthansa for making this (order) a reality and to Boeing for creating some very magnificent machines.

John (Wellington, New Zealand):

It is interesting that nobody notes that Lufthansa also ordered 25 A350-900's...

DR Sanjay Pooran:

What a way to wet someone's appetite.I can't wait to see all the specs of the new 777X, judging by the photographs of Lufthansa's 777X it's going to be one beauty of a plane .

Now Mr Walsh can we get a confirmed order for about 50 777X's in BA colours.

Congratulations!

DR Sanjay Pooran (Trinidad):

Dare I say that Airbus is about to feel a turbulent wake of competitive jitters and more so this brand new beauty will mop the floor with its A350 rival!


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