Boeing’s new generation of the wide-body aircraft, the 777X, completed its maiden flight this week. The flight was part of testing that will occur throughout the year as the company works toward winning regulatory approval on the aircraft.
Boeing manufacturers 777X components at its plant in St. Louis, Missouri. The plant opened in 2016, and is Boeing’s first commercial aircraft facility in Missouri. The 424,000 sq. ft. facility manufactures the 777X wing edge and tail parts, and employs nearly 700 workers in the region. Boeing committed more than $300 million to construct and outfit the facility.
The plane is the largest twin-engine jet ever built and has a wingspan so wide, more than 235 feet, it features folding wingtips that reduce that width by more than 20 feet so the plane can fit into various airport taxiways and gates. The 777X, which lists for $422.2 million, can fit up to 426 passengers in a two-class configuration.