Boeing is an industry leader for a reason: they aren’t afraid to take risks by innovating. The aircraft mega-giant recently took the 777X model and threw in the world’s largest fanjet engine. The aircraft is ready to make its maiden flight in 2019. The 777X is currently being stored in Everett, Washington, where it awaits its finishing touches.
Beginning production in 2017, Boeing set out with one goal: create the largest, most efficient twin-engine jet possible. They want this jet to not only be capable of long flight paths, but to also be able to do it with the least amount of fuel possible. The 777X models are set to be daughter planes to the Boeing 777 and the 767 Dreamliner. It could be the jet to take over such flight paths as New York to Singapore.
All of this is possible due to a few different factors. First of all, the jet has a wingspan of 235 feet. This means there is room to make use of this giant of an engine. The engine itself is the G39X, and the 777X will have two of them. New technology has enabled Boeing to reduce the number of blades in the engine to 16 while maintain power. The engine is 134 inches in diameter, and is able to push out 100,000 pounds of thrust, making it 10% more efficient than the GE 90 engine. The starting price for the 777X is $350 million, and it is capable of traveling 8,700 nautical miles at once. The passenger area holds up to 425 people.
Boeing isn’t strictly looking for upgraded performance with the new 777X; they are also trying to make sure their passengers are fully accommodated. Boeing recently announced that they had teamed up with Gentex to offer this passenger plane dimmable windows. Boeing is trying to ensure that their 777X is unmatched by any other plane. They want to keep fuel efficiency low for the airlines, but they also want to keep passengers as comfortable as possible during their flights.
These dimmable windows are made possible by the latest EDWs. The EDWs are placed between two thin planes of glass, using electrochromic gel to darken or lighten the glass’s shade at the will of the passenger.
“We’re proud to be a continued partner with Boeing,” said Steve Downing, president and CEO of Gentex.