One for the books

It turns out the launch of the 777X last week in Dubai was historic in more ways than one. I’ve already pointed out that the 259 orders and commitments valued at more than $95 billion is the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value.


But looking back at our order books, we found some other stats that show just how incredible this launch really was:

•It took six years for the original 777 program to accumulate as many orders as the 777X (777-200, 777-200ER and 777-300)

•It took seven years to gather that many 777-300ER orders

•The 777X commitment from Emirates for 150 airplanes has the same number of units as the first 4.8 years of original 777 orders

•It took almost 13 years for the A380 to reach the exact same number of orders as the 777X did in one day

•The 777X has more orders and commitments than the A350-1000, which launched in 2006.


Here’s me with Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Airplane Development, standing next to the 777X model at the Dubai Airshow.

There’s no question the 777X is going to be a special airplane. But why has it taken off so quickly? Let’s talk about its outstanding value proposition.

The 777X will have 12 percent better fuel efficiency than the A350-1000.

As you can see in the chart below, it has the ability to carry about 60 more passengers or fly 1,500 nautical miles further that the competition.


It will be the next big step forward when it comes to the passenger experience.


And finally, it’s being built upon the foundation of the 777, one of the most reliable widebodies in history. This is the right airplane at the right time— and I’m excited to take the journey.

Comments (10)

James M. Eubanks (Trenton, NC, USA):

This is a magnificent expression of technological and aeronautical achievement. It's regrettable that the unions in Washington state have turned their backs on this opportunity, but hopefully something resembling a fair reconcile will propel this giant beast forward from Boeing's historic homefront... If not, progress beckons from many different locales.

Bob J:

Congratulations to Boeing for launching a fantastic new aircraft. What a pleasure to see that the 777 having had such a strong backing from clients that it will continue for a long time. Boeing is truly ahead of the competition in the future of flight. I'm sure that more airlines will follow with many orders to replace their aging long haul fleets and that the 777X will be the leader. After seeing the innovations in the 787 program, I have no doubt that the 777 program will exceed in customer satisfaction and make the flying experince even more special.

Long live Boeing!

V V (Montréal, Québec):

I have been waiting for this aircraft since many years. The 777-300ER fascinates me, but the 777-9 and 777-8 will be even more interesting.

It is a very interesting retrospective when I read again my blog entry which has been incidentally mentioned by this blog (click here).

In that blog entry I speculated on how Boeing could do to improve the 777-300ER. One of the mentioned items was the wing tip extension. THe other one was the composite wingbox. It is interesting enough that the speculation was not too far off.

It is also very surprising that the 777-9 may well hold a virtual monopoly in its market segment, just like the 777-300ER has been doing since 2004.

Kinbin (Taipei, Taiwan):

Now that the program is launched, the next big thing is "Where is it gonna be built?".

Sadly, the local union is not able to consider the long term prospect of jobs, livelihood, and security, in exchange for some bearable sacrifices to pension. There are many Americans who would trade up for job security on other states.

Holding on to a precious little pension pot, and betting on work to stay comes from a grossly misplaced mindset. The work will leave WA state if the terms from other states trump those from WA, which I believe will happen.

Perhaps California would waive off all environmental issues in Long Beach and beyond. Perhaps Texas would give land, facility and transaportation concessions, subject to EU rules.

The B777X will be a great product. It will be built by a deserving team.

Rsal (claremont, CA - USA):

What a beautiful planes, goodluck Boieng. You are always the leader in aviation technology.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Congrats on the launch of the 777X and the 259 orders, I hope to see more orders soon. As the 777-9 is a 747-400 replacement, Delta and United can use it to replace the their aging 747 fleet. The 777X is a great plane for ANA, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Air France, British Airways and Singapore Airlines among others.

I like the combination of 8,9,10 with the 787 and I can imagine a 777-10X at 80 meters (262') long, just a thought. congrats again and Happy Thanksgiving.

Rob (Vancouver, Canada):

Congratulations to Boeing on the very succesfull launch of the 777X. Memo to Airbus ( John Leahy) your A350 -1000 is apparently not the 777 killer that you have touted.

Also I hope that Boeing will still make an effort to continue to have the 777X built in Everett.

Lastly - Go Hawks.

Nikolay Klimchuk (New York):

If I've ever had $350M I would buy 777X too!

doug Logan (Spring Texas):

The 259 orders from the Dubai Air Show.

I was looking for this entry in the orders & deliveries section. Is there some reason they weren't listed?
If they had been,Boeing would have spanked Airbus in orders as well as deliveries.

Randy Tinseth:

Some of those from Dubai were commitments. Once they become firm, they officially roll onto our order book.

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