If anyone in the industry questioned Boeing's wisdom in basing its next long-range twin on the 777 rather than a bolder, all-new design, any doubts were dispelled at the air show here last week, where the much-anticipated 777X was launched on a $95 billion-plus wave of 259 orders and commitments. The new twinjets combine an updated version of the otherwise conventional current 777 fuselage with all new General Electric GE9X engines and an all-composite wing. The 777X is not only the ...


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