|Boeing’s 777X aircraft. Photo: Boeing
[Avionics Today 08-27-2015] Boeing has completed the firm configuration milestone for the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family to be developed.
Boeing worked with airline customers and key suppliers to optimize the configuration of the new airplane.
The firm configuration milestone marks the completion of configuration trade studies required to finalize the airplane's capability and basic design. Wind tunnel test results, aerodynamic performance and structural loads are also evaluated to ensure the airplane meets requirements. This allows the 777X team to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the airplane. As detailed designs are completed and released, production — set for 2017 — can begin.