In today’s Q1 results media call, Boeing executives also gave updates on the 777X family. Certification of Boeing’s newest widebody as part of the 777 family, under an amended type certificate, is expected in 2021.
Initially, journalists understood that the 777X will have a separate type certificate, but Boeing officials then clarified that it will be certified “as part of the 777 family, under an amended type certificate.”
@BoeingAirplanes clarfies 777X is being certified as part of the existing 777 family TC, not all-new type as mistakenly mentioned earlier in today's Q1 results media call. Second test aircraft WH002 to fly imminently H/T @jonostrower pic.twitter.com/xNW3dvPNIf
— Guy Norris (@AvWeekGuy) April 29, 2020
As a reminder, Boeing’s first 777X (WH001, N779XW) performed its first flight on January 25th (video) after bad weather postponed the previous two attempts. Today, April 29th, the second 777X (WH002, N779XX) should take to the skies for the first time. By the end of Q2, four Boeing 777Xs should be in the air (WH001, WH002, WH003, WH004), performing test flights during the certification campaign.