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Seattle, Washington - On May 13, the first 777-9 intended for the German flag carrier Lufthansa was spotted at the Everett factory of the American aircraft manufacturer.

Lufthansa is the launch customer of the type with the Gulf carrier Emirates and it currently has 20 777-9 in its order book with Boeing.

Boeing has big plans for the 777-9. The giant widebody jet with its groundbreaking foldable wings is not only to continue the success story of the previous 777 variants, but also to polish up the crumbled reputation of the stumbling aircraft manufacturer.

However, the program struggled in the past with difficulties and was repeatedly thrown back. The first flight of the 777-9 took place on January 25th, a year later than previously planned.

The second prototype has recently taken to the skies. Although the first deliveries are planned from the summer of 2021, the 777-9 is still at the very beginning of flight testing.

On the other hand, German Group the current may find any delivery delay quite convenient in view of the ongoing global crisis due to the pandemic.

Lufthansa has so far adhered to its order for 20 Boeing 777-9s (plus 14 options) - even if it has recently been rumored that that the company could convert a part of the order into 777 F.

Also read: Lufthansa to Convert Boeing 777-9 Orders to 777F

Other airlines, like Cathay Pacific, are reportedly working on similar plans and prefer smaller planes rather than the big 777-9. Unfortunately, Boeing's new flagship aircraft seems to fly into an uncertain future.

Also Read: Cathay Pacific is in Talks with Boeing to Convert 777X Orders to 787-10

While the two prototypes are running through their flight testing program, the first 777-9 is being assembled. A picture taken by Matt Cawby circulating on Twitter shows the aircraft with the wing ends folded up on the apron of Paine Field - still without paint and without the huge GE9X turbo fans, but otherwise fully assembled.

Lufthansa plans to introduce its new Business Class with the 777-9. A look into the finished cabin promises excitement.
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