Boeing may stretch 777 to take on Airbus A380

By: | Updated: July 3, 2016 12:42 PM

Boeing has taken competition to Airbus to a new level as reports suggest that the US aerospace company was planning to make a plane that would carry 450 passengers.

 Boeing's two versions of the 777X which are under development are: the -8, with about 350 seats and a range of 9,300 nautical miles; and the -9 with about 400 seats and a range of 8,200 nautical miles. (Boeing Photo)Boeing’s two versions of the 777X which are under development are: the -8, with about 350 seats and a range of 9,300 nautical miles; and the -9 with about 400 seats and a range of 8,200 nautical miles. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing has taken competition to Airbus to a new level as reports suggest that the US aerospace company was planning to make a plane that would carry 450 passengers. Earlier this week Bloomberg reported that Boeing was considering a stretched version of its yet-to-be delivered 777X which would directly compete with Airbus’ A380 superjumbo.

The stretched version of the Boeing 777X, supposedly named as 777-10X, would be a widebody dual engine plane with 4 extra rows of seats, reported Bloomberg. According to Airbus, the double-decker A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft flying today, with capacity to carry 544 passengers in a four-class configuration, and up to 853 in a single-class configuration. The A380 allows airlines to optimize cabin offering according to their choice.

Boeing’s two versions of the 777X which are under development are: the -8, with about 350 seats and a range of 9,300 nautical miles; and the -9 with about 400 seats and a range of 8,200 nautical miles.

The smaller 777X competes with the Airbus A350-1000, a composite-fuselage jet that the European planemaker plans to introduce in 2017. The Airbus jet seats about 366 passengers and has a range of 7,900 nautical miles. Airbus last year introduced the smaller A350-900, which seats 325 passengers and can fly up to 8,100 nautical miles.

In May, Boeing opened a $1 billion factory in Washington state that will make carbon-composite wings for its 777X, a key step toward delivering the first aircraft by 2020. Boeing has 320 orders from six customers for the 777X, which replaces the highly successful 777, introduced in 1995.

Bloomberg in its report said that the US multi national has approached several carriers including Emirates.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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