Boeing has recently unveiled significant modifications to its developmental 777-8 passenger jet, as reported by FlightGlobal’s Dominic Perry. The aircraft’s fuselage has been extended by 1.1 meters (3 feet 6 inches), resulting in a total length of 70.9 meters (233 feet), aligning it with the design of its freighter counterpart. This alteration brings about an enhanced seating capacity, accommodating 11 additional passengers in a two-class configuration, raising the total seating from 384 to 395.
The 777-8 Freighter version was launched in January 2022, featuring a longer fuselage compared to the passenger model. March 2022 brought an exciting development to the 777-8F order list with Ethiopian Airlines joining the fold, with the African carrier placing an order for 5 units of the 777-8 Freighter variant, signaling a broader diversity in the orders for Boeing’s novel widebody lineup.
However, specific data regarding the maximum take-off weight for the elongated passenger variant is yet to be disclosed by Boeing. The passenger aircraft is equipped with GE Aerospace GE9X twin engines, but it has not garnered the same level of popularity within the new widebody range. Cirium fleets data indicates only eight confirmed orders, all from Etihad Airways, with Emirates Airline displaying interest in an additional 11 units.
Emirates Airline’s 2014 order for 150 777Xs included 35 777-8s and 115 777-9s, reflecting their commitment to Boeing’s widebody family. Although Boeing lists Emirates with orders for 115 777Xs, the breakdown by variant remains undisclosed. Current records indicate eight confirmed orders for the -8 variant against an overall gross order of 43.
While Boeing’s focus has shifted towards developing the freighter variant, details regarding the passenger model’s timeline remain uncertain. The company’s financial report up to June 30 indicates the projected delivery of the 777-9 in 2025 and ongoing efforts to obtain Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for certification flight testing under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The freighter version’s deliveries are expected to commence in 2027, but the introduction timeline for the passenger model remains undisclosed.