Boeing has announced plans to showcase its forthcoming B777X aircraft at this month’s Dubai Airshow.
A B777-9 flight test aircraft will make an appearance in the show’s flight programme, as well as being part of the static display.
The Dubai Airshow takes place between November 14 and 18 this year, having been cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Boeing B777X had originally been scheduled to go into service in 2019, but several delays have seen this date slip to late 2023 at the earliest. The aircraft took its first flight in January 2020.
Customers for the aircraft include Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa, the last of which unveiled plans back in 2017 for a new business class seat which had been set to debut on the B777-9 from 2020.
Boeing also said that it would use the Dubai Airshow to highlight sustainability and technology, with a static display of its 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator, an Alaska Airlines B737-9 which is flight testing around 20 technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise and further improve safety.
An Etihad B787-10 will also showcase showcases the airline’s collaboration with Boeing to advance sustainable aviation.
Commenting on the news Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said:
“Boeing is excited to participate fully in the Dubai Airshow, the first global airshow in almost two years, and to be able to engage directly with customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders from the region and beyond.
“The show is a perfect opportunity to come together and remind the world of the importance of our industry and discuss technology and innovations that are critical to advance a more sustainable aerospace industry over the long term.”