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Seattle, Washington Boeing resumes flight testing with the 777-9 as the second test plane is ready.  The aircraft made its maiden flight on April 30.

The 777-9 took off from Paine Field in Everett and returned to its departure base after an a-three-hour flight. at Boeing. Despite the dark clouds surrounding the airline industry, Boeing seems to increase its efforts to keep its 777X program on track.

During this flight, Boeing assessed handling characteristics and other aspects of aircraft performance.

“An array of equipment, sensors and monitoring devices throughout the cabin allows the onboard team to document and evaluate the airplane’s response to test conditions in real-time,” 

Boeing said.

Two more 777-9s are expected to join the test fleet before the GE9X-powered jet to obtain Airworthiness Certification in 2021 as it was planned. The first deliveries to begin the same year.

The type made its first flight on January 25 this year. The 777-9 completed nearly 100h of flight since then.

“With initial airworthiness now demonstrated, the team can safely add personnel to monitor testing onboard instead of relying solely on a ground-based telemetry station, unlocking testing at greater distances,”

Boeing said.

The 777X has so far accumulated 309 firm orders. Emirates and Lufthansa are the launch customers and they are also expected to become launch operators.

But the recent crisis, which hit the airline industry very hard, forces airlines to revise their order books. Lufthansa is reportedly in talks with Boeing to convert some of its 777-9s on order to 777F. Hong Kong's de facto flag carrier Cathay Pacific is also said to convert some 777X on order to 787.

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

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