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IndiGo Inducts its First Wide-Body B777 Aircraft, to Operate on Delhi-Istanbul Route

Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

On Tuesday, IndiGo announced that beginning on February 1 it will begin running wide-body Boeing 777 on the Delhi-Istanbul route.

IndiGo so far has been operating only narrow-body all-economy airbus planes. This is for the first time in its over 16 years of operations that the Gurugram-headquartered airline will have twin-aisle planes in its fleet. According to a statement from the airline, the Boeing 777 aircraft can accommodate 400 passengers in a dual class layout of business and economy.

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The wide-body operations will enable the airline to meet the rising demand for air travel between Turkey and India, it claimed. Customers travelling on this aircraft will experience a brand-new menu from IndiGo that features hot meal options for the first time. Customers will now be able to order hot meals in advance and buy alcohol for consumption in flight.

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Chicken tikka masala with Zafrani pulao and urad dal, broccoli and moong dal with basmati pulao, shahi paneer with basmati pulao and aloo zeera, and more delectable alternatives would be available to customers travelling between Delhi and Istanbul on the hot-meals menu.

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According to IndiGo, Turkey has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations post pandemic and has been one of the top choices for outbound tourism from India in 2022. “One of the busiest international routes, Delhi-Istanbul-Delhi, will soon be served by Boeing 777 aircraft. Wide-body aircraft will expand capacity not only for flights to Istanbul but also for trips to Europe via code-share flights with Turkish Airlines “Head of Global Sales at IndiGo, Vinay Malhotra, stated. When an airline uses code sharing, it can seamlessly arrange travel for its customers on the aircraft of its partner carriers.

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Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

The 777-9 has commenced certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This is a crucial step under the supervision of our regulator to certify the airplane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

Amidst Boeing’s current challenges, the B777X stands out as a project that could revitalize the brand. It is highly anticipated, and Boeing is keen to clear FAA certifications to release it as soon as possible.

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The aircraft is two years behind its initial commitment date. During this time, the company has rigorously tested it under various conditions to ensure its readiness for commercial service.

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Boeing has announced that the 777X will be used for both passenger and freighter services, depending on customer requirements.

Boeing’s 777X program has achieved a major milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granting approval to begin certification flight tests, marking a significant step towards the aircraft’s entry into commercial service.

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The European Union granted approval for this merger in February, and Korean Air anticipates U.S. regulatory approval by the end of October.

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Following Airbus’ breakthrough with Korean Air, Reuters reported in April that Korean Air was considering a new Boeing order focused on the 777X, an advanced version of the 777 mini-jumbo.

Boeing 777-9 First certification

The first certification flight test of the 777-9 took place on Friday evening, with FAA personnel onboard alongside Boeing’s pilots and flight test team.

According to The Seattle Times, the aircraft departed from Boeing Field shortly after 6 p.m. and landed nearly two hours later after flying along the Washington and Oregon coast.

The 777X, an upgraded version of the successful 777 twinjet, features new engines and carbon composite wings with folding wingtips to accommodate standard airport gates.

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The first variant, the 777-9X, is designed to carry 426 passengers in a two-class configuration for long-haul international flights.

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Boeing B777x total orders

Boeing has secured 481 orders for the aircraft, with Emirates being the largest customer, having ordered over 200 units. The planemaker has already built and stored 22 777X jets, with an additional six in various stages of assembly in Everett, Washington.

Boeing is close to finalizing a significant deal to sell approximately two dozen 777X jets to Korean Air, with an estimated value ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, as reported by Reuters.

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Industry sources suggest that the agreement could be concluded as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July. Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, has been in discussions about returning to Boeing for its long-haul aircraft needs.

The Boeing 777X vs A350 is one of the most popular comparisons among aircraft as of now. The Airbus A350 has been operating for more than eight years, and its promising performance helps airlines in terms of efficiency and customer satisfaction, particularly in noise and vibrations.

The next generation Boeing 777X can fulfill the same requirements, with 777x first delivery given to Emirates Airlines, the launch customer for this aircraft. It remains to be seen how the Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350 will compete against each other in the future.

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