Boeing has temporarily stopped developing ultra-long-range version of 777X that could fly non stop for 21 hours, for Qantas’s “Sunrise project”.. according to Air Current website.
The company has shifted their resources to fixed the issues with 737MAX and delayed first flight of the 777X-9.
The first flight of 777X-9 was in July but has been pushed to early 2020 because of issues with the GE engine.
In the meantime, Airbus is getting ready to offer Qantas an Ultra-Long-Range version of A350-1000, that could fly from Sydney to London nonstop.
Boeing was planning the 777X-8 as the aircraft for the Qantas’s sunrise project and wanted delivery in 2023, but now it slipped to 2024.
The Boeing 777-8 is the smaller variant of the 777X programme and was due to be launched in 2020. The aircraft will seat 350 passengers and the proposed range of is 8,690 nmi / 16,090 km which is 2,000 km more than the bigger 777-9.