In recent months, the news for 777X hasn’t been very positive. Between changes to wide-body orders at the Dubai Airshow, the delay in the GE9X engine, the scrapping of fuselage automation and the failure of a major certification test, a program everyone expected to be smooth has turned into a nightmare. Reports from our sources this week indicate that the problem with the structural test door included some surrounding structure and may be more serious than previously thought.
The program has moved to the right, and customer uncertainty has grown with the various delays and issues. Tim Clark at Emirates, a key cusomer, is predicting further delays. As we piece together information from various sources, a pattern is beginning to emerge.
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