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“Boeing Company is looking to make the first test flight of its 777X twin-aisle jet as soon as late June, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday, slightly later than the plane maker had planned, but still on track for putting the plane into airline service in 2020.
Boeing hopes the new jet will extend its grip on the ‘mini-jumbo’ market, which it shares with rival Airbus SE’s 365-seat A350-1000, and perhaps scoop up fresh orders following the demise of Airbus’ A380 superjumbo.
The test flight will likely be too late for Boeing to hit its previous target of flying the 777X to the Paris Air Show, which takes place June 17-23, where it had hoped to make a marketing splash in Airbus’ backyard.
Boeing declined to comment on its flight schedule for 777X or its plans for the air show. The company has previously said the 777X would fly for the first time in 2019 and will start to be delivered to airline customers in 2020.”