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.’
Kofi Kingston Set To Visit Ghana After 25 Years
Ghanaian-American professional wrestler, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah a.k.a Kofi Kingston is set to make a visit home to Ghana after winning the WWE Championship on April 7, 2019.
The reigning WWE champion was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He will be visiting his home country after 25 years of being away.
A Facebook post from the managers of the WWE world champion says plans are dar implace to his Kofi in his come country.
Over 11 years after making his debut in WWE, Kofi defeated Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. He thus became the second African American (following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)and first African native to hold WWE’s signature title.
He bursting on the WWE scene in 2007, Kingston has established himself as one of WWE’s premier high-flyers.
Kingston also cemented his place in WWE history with a series of daredevil moments where he saved himself from elimination in several Royal Rumble Matches.
Peru: Former President Shoots Himself Dead To Avoid Going To Prison For Money Laundering
Former Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has according to reports from AFP, passed away. He was urgently taken to hospital on Wednesday as he was said to be suffering from high blood pressure, lawmaker Gilbert Violeta said.
Violeta told RPP radio station the 80-year-old was being treated in intensive care.
He is due to have a cardiac catheter fitted to examine his heart.
Kuczynski was arrested last week and was being held under 10-day preliminary detention until April 20, accused of money laundering.
He is one of four ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht — alongside Ollanta Humala (2011-16) Alan Garcia (1985-90 and 2006-11) and Alejandro Toledo (2001-06).
Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation.
The public prosecutor accuses Kuczynski of passing laws to favor Odebrecht when he was finance minister during Toledo’s government.
The former Peru president Alan Garcia has been reported dead, he was reportedly died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation, a party official said.
“Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party.
Former Black Stars Player Named Assistant Coach Of Borrussia Dortmund
German Bundesliga outfit Borrussia Dortmund have appointed former Ghana international Otto Addo as the new assistant manager of the club.
The club took to their official Twitter account to announce the arrival of the former player.
“Delighted to announce the return of former Borussia Dortmund player, Otto Addo, who will serve as an assistant coach focusing on youth development”
The 43-year-old will be in charge of the youth development at the club thus helping in the nurturing of young talents into top players for the senior team among other duties.
The former Black Stars player played at the 2006 FIFA World cup in Germany making two starts in the tournament. He was also part of Dortmund’s German Bundesliga winning squad in the 2001-02 season with an appearance as well in the UEFA Cup final that same season.
Addo will join the team at the end of this season with his current job as the assistant coach at Borussia Monchengladbach yet to elapse.
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