The first fully assembled Boeing 777X – the world’s longest passenger jetliner – has been unveiled.
The aircraft had expected to be presented with much fanfare in a ceremonial debut at the plane manufacturer’s plant in Everett, near Seattle, on Wednesday.
But as a mark of respect for those who died in the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crash, it was instead unveiled in a low-key event that was only attended by Boeing employees.
Pictures posted to Twitter show the huge jet, which has foldable wing tips, inside a hangar at the Boeing plant surrounded by hundreds of people.
In one image, uploaded by the account Dj’s Aviation, Boeing staff can be seen snapping photos of it – and its enormous engines – on their phones.
Other pictures posted by aviation enthusiast Katie Bailey show the wheels and one of the engines up close.
The aircraft that was unveiled is a 777-9, the larger of two 777X models. It is expected to make its maiden test flight later in the spring.
Boeing claims that the 777X will be the largest and most efficient twin engine jet in the world, with 12 per cent lower fuel consumption and 10 per cent lower operating costs than the competition.
The 777-9 variant is 77 meters (252ft) long. The current longest passenger jet is the 747-8, which is 76.3 meters (250ft 2in) long.
As well as the folding wing-tips – the 235ft wings are the biggest Boeing has ever made, over 30ft longer than the current model’s wingspan – it also has bigger windows and overhead bins compared to the current 777 and ‘advanced LED lighting’.
The two versions of the 777X – the 777-8 and 777-9 – cost $360.5million and $388.7million respectively.
The 777-8 will be able to seat between 350 and 375 passengers and the 777-9 between 400 and 425, depending on the buyer’s layout requirements. In comparison the current family of 777s offer capacities of between 300 and 370.
There is also an improvement with range. The 777X can fly for 16,110km (10,010 miles), compared to the 777’s maximum range of 15,800km (9,817miles).
Deliveries to customers are expected to begin in 2020.
Carriers that have placed orders are British Airways, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Last year, Boeing released a video and pictures of a ‘static’ 777X rolling off the production line at the Everett factory.
However, as it was a static model, it wasn’t destined for the skies, but instead built for a series of year-long tests.
The unveiling of the 777X comes at a troubling time for Boeing as its entire 737 Max 8 fleet has been grounded in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that claimed the lives of all 157 on board.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft en-route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa plunged to the ground just minutes after take off.
Data has shown that the movements from the flight were similar to those of a Lion Air service on a 737 Max 8 that crashed into the Java Sea off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.
In a statement, president, CEO and chairman of the Boeing Company, Dennis Muilenburg, said of the grounding: ‘We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be.
‘There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.’
A Serious Boyfriend Will Cook For You When You Visit Him, Not The Other Way Round : Woman Warns Daughter
Now which mother will give this sort of advice if she really wants her daughter to attract suitors? A young lady identified as Alhaja Gold @Yommmms revealed that her mother warned never to cook for her boo nor tidy up his place whenever she visits him because according to her, any serious man would ensure his house is clean and there is cooked food to eat.
She wrote; “Everytime I’m going over to see a boy, my mother warns me not to cook or clean in his house. ‘If he’s a serious person, he will make sure you’re coming into a clean house and there’s something for you to eat.’
Guys, what do you think about this, will you entertain such a woman in your life based on this advice her own mom gave her? We are waiting for your views.
Everytime I’m going over to see a boy, my mother warns me not to cook or clean in his house. ‘If he’s a serious person, he will make sure you’re coming into a clean house and there’s something for you to eat.’
— Alhaja Gold✨ (@Yommmms) June 22, 2019
Forget Obinim, Obofour And The Rest; I’m The Most Powerful Ghanaian Preacher : Opambour Explains Why
Founder and leader of Ebenezer Miracle Worship Center, Reverend Ebenezer Adarkwa Yardom aka Opambour has stated categorically that he is the most powerful Ghanaian preacher all other things being equal.
His assertion comes just after Bishop Obinim asserted that he is the most powerful man of God in Ghana and that his colleague pastors don’t come close to him in the spiritual world.
Bishop Opambour’s assertion seems to be a subtle response to Obinim who is the founder and leader of the International Godsway Church. However, Opambour in a recent television broadcast revealed that he is the only one God has given him the power to do his work both spiritually and physically.
“Let me tell you something when they talk about the power of God you don’t understand. You have to come so that I can tell you how the power of God looks like because I am the only person he has given his power. He has given me all the powers to do his work spiritually and physically. There is nobody powerful in Ghana than me…so come and let me help you”. Opambour revealed in a recent telecast on Prophet 1 television.
He, therefore, called on anyone who needs his help to consult him because no one comes close to him in the spiritual realm. He added that those who’ve never had an encounter with His should run to him as soon as possible.
Bro Sammy To Face 15 Years Imprisonment If Found Guilty : FDA
Gospel musician Brother Sammy is likely to face 15 years imprisonment and could also be fined a maximum amount of 180,000 cedis if found guilty.
According to the Public Relations Officer for the Food and Drugs Authority, James Lartey, the gospel musician flouted the law when he advertised his drug on social media without approval from the agency.
“We’ve reported him to the police because he has flouted our law. Well, this is an offence against the law, so we’ve left everything for the police. So the police will be doing the investigation and questioning, and if found guilty he will be sent to court.
According to the Public Health Act, Act 851, when you flout the law and you’re found guilty, you’ll pay a minimum fine of GHs 90,000 or maximum fine of GHs 180,000 and then if the Judge decides to jail you, the minimum jail term is 15years and the maximum is 25years or the Judge can say he will do both” he disclosed.
He also stated that his outfit is putting measures in place to bring offenders like Bro Sammy to book for selling unapproved products.
The gospel musician was arrested over the weekend after he revealed that he has the cure for cancer, diabetes, Asthma and the deadly HIV/AIDS.
Bro Sammy stated that his drug which is ‘Spiritual Divine Healing Water’ was a revelation by God.
He was however invited by the Food and Drugs Authority to aid in the investigation because his so-called healing water was not approved by the agency.
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