January 23, 2020 / 11:15 PM / 2 months ago

Boeing reschedules 777X plane's first test flight for Friday

FILE PHOTO: A white 777X is pictured at Boeing's Everett facility after it was announced that their 777X model will make its first test flight later in the week in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

(Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) said its 777X aircraft’s first test flight would take place on Friday after bad weather delayed its scheduled takeoff on Thursday.

Boeing has previously said the 777X, its largest-ever twin-engined model, designed to hold on average 406 people, was on track to be delivered in 2021. It was originally due to be delivered in mid-2020.

Boeing said on Thursday weather or other factors could still delay the test flight.

The delay in the first flight of the large wide-body jet comes amid the grounding of the company’s 737 MAX. The crisis surrounding the smaller jet following two fatal crashes has led new Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun to send the aerospace giant back to the drawing board on proposals for a new mid-market aircraft.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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