Boeing is delaying the ultra-long-range version of its 777X’s entry into service. The length of the delay is unspecified.

The news comes as Boeing’s 737 MAX remains grounded since March, following two fatal crashes on the aircraft. The company is also facing engine-related delays which have pushed the 777-9’s launch back to 2020.

Qantas had not placed a 777-8 order yet but is understood to be due to make a decision by the end of the year and looking for delivery in 2022, in line with the launch of its 21-hour non-stop Sydney-London flights in 2023.

Reducing risk

Boeing’s Paul Bergman told Reuters: “We reviewed our development programme schedule and the needs of our current 777X customers and decided to adjust the schedule.

“The adjustment reduces risk in our development programme, ensuring a more seamless transition to the 777-8. We continue to engage with our current and potential customers on how we can meet their fleet needs. This includes our valued customer Qantas.”

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