Boeing plans 1st 777X test flight for 2019

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced it has connected major fuselage sections to form the first 777X airplane that is scheduled for a test flight in 2019, the company said.

Boeing teams have connected the airplane´s nose, mid and aft sections in the company´s factory in Everett, Wash. The jet now measures 252 feet long (77 meters) from nose to tail, making it the longest passenger jet the manufacturer has ever produced.

The 777X builds on the 777 and the 787 Dreamliner to offer airlines the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world. The airplane provides 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than competing airplanes.

The first 777X introduced will be the 777-9 model, which can seat 400 to 425 passengers in a standard configuration and offer a range of 7,600 nautical miles (14,075 km).