Delayed 777X deliveries cost Boeing billions of dollars, angering customers


Delays in licensing the long-haul 777X are costing Boeing billions of dollars and angering its customers, but the US manufacturer is nonetheless betting on the success of the model as travel recovers.
After several months in the testing phase, the world’s largest aircraft was presented for the first time outside the United States this week at the Airshow, the largest gathering of the aviation sector since the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to “French”, the blue and white painted plane performed flight shows on the sidelines of the exhibition, combining narrow turns and rapid ascent.
And its presentation in Dubai is not a coincidence, as the emirate is the headquarters of Emirates Airlines, which previously ordered 115 of this aircraft, knowing that the Gulf region accounts for two-thirds of the 320 global orders since the start of the manufacturing program in 2013.
But the first deliveries have been postponed several times, while they are expected to take place at the end of 2023, and the debt-laden Boeing has been forced to seek additional cost savings of $6.5 billion.
“Boeing has postponed the (licensing) certificate to July 2023, knowing that we were due to receive it in June 2020 and no one knows if they Will they succeed or not? These delays cost his company millions of dollars, forcing it to upgrade older planes while awaiting delivery of the 777X. “To get our network back, we need all of our planes and we can’t allow manufacturers to slow us down,” Clark said.
Therefore, “Boeing” must reassure its customer about the progress of the tests in order to obtain the license that allows the aircraft to fly for commercial purposes.
According to Ehsan Mounir, Boeing’s commercial director, the plane is now ready for “600 test flights or 1,700 flying hours, and its performance is going well.”
The two crashes of the 737 Max, which were not allowed to fly for months, exposed errors in the aircraft’s design and licensing process. To fly again, the Max had to go through a re-licensing process before the US regulator.
“The accidents made us think about development programs and what we’re doing, take lessons from Max and apply them to future development programs,” said Mike Fleming, a senior manager at Boeing.
He added, “The 777X, which is equipped with compound wings with folding ends and new engines, will be available in two variants, 777-8 and 777-9, in addition to a cargo version that is supposed to be officially launched soon.”
Boeing pledges to reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent and thus reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to the previous generation. And if it enters the market at the end of 2023, it will have overcome the paralysis of global travel due to Covid-19 and start flying in the midst of the recovery phase of the air transport sector around the world.
“We expect a three-phased recovery as long-haul demand increases” and a return to pre-crisis levels by 2024, said Tom Sanderson, the company’s director of marketing.
“This would coincide with the start of a wave of replacements for widebody aircraft, which are by far the most profitable for aircraft manufacturers,” he added.
He also predicted that “many of the older generation long-haul aircraft will begin to reach the end of their life, and we will continue to see an increase in the number of retired aircraft until 2030.”
The International Air Transport Association says that travel will double by 2050 compared to the pre-Covid-19 level, while “Boeing” will need, according to its expectations, nearly 7,700 new wide aircraft by 2040.





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