Product development studies to enhance the 777 and fight the market threat of the Airbus A350-1000 appear to be intensifying as Boeing edges closer to deciding whether to introduce an upgrade package or embark on a major derivative. Driven largely by calls for longer range capability for the 777-300ER by influential long-haul carriers such as Dubai-based Emirates, Boeing is exploring various design options to extend the large twinjet’s range with max payload beyond 7,930 nm. “Emirates ...

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