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Jeff Nielsen

WOW! The New 777x to have folding Wings!

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Here's a couple of pics from their gallery: 

 

I'd add a link to the announcement but pasting URLs in forums is near impossible.  Another reason why Facebook has become so popular.

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It was announced a while ago, but nice to see some pictures of what it will look like. 150-odd orders on launch day is not bad either.

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I dont see the point of adding that engineering for just abot 1meter of wingfolding. Whats it going to help?

 

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I dont see the point of adding that engineering for just abot 1meter of wingfolding. Whats it going to help?

 

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The distance is much longer then 1 Meter (It is 6.3 Meters):

 

Unfolded: 233 ft 3 in (71.1 m)

Folded: 212 ft 8 in (64.8 m)

 

the new wing is even longer because it is based on the 787, so that means a narrower and longer wing. When folded the wing is one inch longer then the 777-200LR so it folds to meet that specification.

 

Airports designed gates based on the old specs, so either Airports spend billions of dollars to upgrade existing infrastructure to fit the new wingspan, or Boeing can make a folding wing......The folding wing costs much less.

 

Boeing 777-200LR Wingspan = 212 ft 7 in (64.8 m)

Boeing 777-8X 9X folded Wingspan = 212 ft 8 in (64.8 m)

 

Also a meter plus a meter plus a meter when you add up all those gates around the world will save hundreds of kilometers, and Airports are the most expensive real estate in every city. :lol:

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Will it be able to land on aircraft carriers?  The Navy will be pleased!..  :lol:  :lol:

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It was announced a while ago, but nice to see some pictures of what it will look like. 150-odd orders on launch day is not bad either.

 

To clarify, it was announced a while ago, but officially launched a couple of days ago at the Dubai Airshow. There have been 259 orders (Lufthansa: 34, Etihad Airways: 25, Qatar Airways: 50, Emirates: 150).

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The distance is much longer then 1 Meter (It is 6.3 Meters):

 

Unfolded: 233 ft 3 in (71.1 m)

Folded: 212 ft 8 in (64.8 m)

 

the new wing is even longer because it is based on the 787, so that means a narrower and longer wing. When folded the wing is one inch longer then the 777-200LR so it folds to meet that specification.

 

Airports designed gates based on the old specs, so either Airports spend billions of dollars to upgrade existing infrastructure to fit the new wingspan, or Boeing can make a folding wing......The folding wing costs much less.

 

Boeing 777-200LR Wingspan = 212 ft 7 in (64.8 m)

Boeing 777-8X 9X folded Wingspan = 212 ft 8 in (64.8 m)

 

Also a meter plus a meter plus a meter when you add up all those gates around the world will save hundreds of kilometers, and Airports are the most expensive real estate in every city. :lol:

Ah thanks for clearing it up. 

The pictures are so missleading. As its hard to tell the size in the small scale pics.

It really is a huge plane. =)

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I can't wait to see if the AI modelers will add an animation to fold the wingtips, it's bad enough seeing so many AI's wingtips touch in the sim!

And I see Emirates is continuing on their bid to take over the world of commercial aviation.  They will now have 140 A380s!   Can you imagine???  It seems money really does grow on trees over in Dubai, or at least is extracted from the ground!  Good thing the U.S is now a net exporter of oil, take that OPEC.

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Can you hear the pilot?

 

Ah Ladies and gentlemen, I am afraid there is a slight malfunction with the folding wings, so bear with us while we get things sorted out.

We should be able to dock at our assigned gate shortly.

 

Very long haul trip, and that would be the last thing you would want to hear lol.

 

I will certainly pick on the reps today at the show, and see what they say (Ah we have that covered, the chances of that occurring are one in a .....).

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Very cool -- haven't seen this before today.  Thanks for sharing the pics

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Boeing offered folding wingtips for the original 777 too, however, no airline went for it. The idea was to allow the 777 to fit into gates designed for smaller airliners.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_777#Airframe_and_systems

That's right, I knew I heard that this was offered on the T7 before, and was surprised it made it onto the X.  This would be like Boeing offering the 737-600 with winglets as a "max" variant.

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I can't wait to see if the AI modelers will add an animation to fold the wingtips, it's bad enough seeing so many AI's wingtips touch in the sim!

And I see Emirates is continuing on their bid to take over the world of commercial aviation. They will now have 140 A380s! Can you imagine??? It seems money really does grow on trees over in Dubai, or at least is extracted from the ground! Good thing the U.S is now a net exporter of oil, take that OPEC.

At least some of the A380s will probably be used to replace the earliest planes they received (apparently they're aiming at a fleet size of 120, but I don't have a direct source for that). Their little shopping spree was certainly impressive though.

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I can't wait to see if the AI modelers will add an animation to fold the wingtips, it's bad enough seeing so many AI's wingtips touch in the sim!

And I see Emirates is continuing on their bid to take over the world of commercial aviation.  They will now have 140 A380s!   Can you imagine???  It seems money really does grow on trees over in Dubai, or at least is extracted from the ground!  Good thing the U.S is now a net exporter of oil, take that OPEC.

 

Oil production accounts for less than 4% of Dubai's GDP and has been so for years, so your "childish" take that comment is useless in this case.

 

They simply have a sound plan for the airline, and it works, plain and simple.

 

John-Alan, you are absolutely right on their plans for the A380.

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I wonder what the procedure will be for extending and retracting the wing tips? Maybe a before taxi check or before takeoff check. "Taxi lights on, flaps set, wing tips confirm extended" or something similar ;)

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The main goal of the folding wing tips is to take the 777X from an ICAO design code F aircraft, to a design code E.  The max wingspan for a code E is 65 Meters, so all current 777 models fall into code E.  The idea is that with the FWT the 777X could operate from any airport that currently supports 777’s while still having the longer more efficient wing.  Since the code also sets requirements for taxiways, etc. the wings would need to remain folded until runway entry, and folded again after exiting the runway.

 

There will of course be systems in place to remind the flight crew about the FWT position, including takeoff configuration alerting, full time EICAS indication of wing tip position while on the ground, as well as a system to alert on tip position when entering or exiting a runway.

 

Brian  

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