Boeing is working on ways to extend the capabilities of its planned 777-8X program in order to meet the requirements of Qantas for ultra-long-range routes. The airline recently challenged Boeing and Airbus to prove they can develop an aircraft that can operate from the east coast of Australia to London or New York, with an order for such an aircraft likely. Boeing will be basing its proposal on the -8X, said Eric Lindblad, the manufacturer’s VP and general manager for the 777X ...

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