Washington (HRNW) Boeing’s new long-haul 777X airliner made its first flight on Saturday, a step forward for the company whose broader prospects remain clouded by the 737 MAX crisis.
The plane took off from a rain-slicked runway a few minutes after 10:00 am local time (1800 GMT), at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, home to Boeing’s manufacturing site in the northwestern United States.
Weather conditions had already twice delayed the inaugural takeoff of the plane, which sports blue and white company colors and is emblazoned with the Boeing name.
High winds led to its postponement on Friday, and the company blamed weather for an earlier delay on Thursday, which was rainy.
“Yes!” shouted Boeing spokesman Josh Green as the plane’s wheels finally lifted off the tarmac as its two powerful engines sent up huge clouds of mist.