The 777X will introduce the latest technologies including the most advanced commercial engine ever - the GE9X by GE Aviation - and an all-new high efficiency composite wing
that has a longer span than today's 777, said Boeing in its statement.
While the 777X will have composite wings
, the body will use traditional metals.
On a tour of the Qatar Airways' Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, staff boasted about the advantages of a similar composite wing
and lower cabin pressure, improved air quality and optimal humidity on board.
The company said that it will focus on optimising the overall design and manufacturing processes needed to produce a next generation composite wing
, with the emphasis on reducing weight, aerodynamic drag and life cycle costs.
Filton is already a centre of excellence in metallic structures for Airbus and we intend to invest in the operation so that it also becomes a centre of excellence in composite wing
structures serving the global aerospace market.
The 777X introduces the latest technologies in multiple places, including the most advanced commercial engine ever - the GE9X by GE Aviation - and an all-new high-efficiency composite wing
that has a longer span than today's 777.
US aircraft maker Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) has announced that it has completed destructive testing on a full-scale composite wing
box of the 787 Dreamliner, as part of the certification process for the new aircraft.
In May, Airbus announced they would be leading the Next Generation Composite Wing
Our goal was two-fold: to enable the 777X and its new composite wing
to be produced in Puget Sound and to create a competitive structure to ensure that we continue market-leading pay, health care and retirement benefits while preserving jobs and our industrial base here in the region.
GKN said that it intends to invest GBP125m in the facility over the next five years to further develop the business as a global centre of excellence in composite wing
structures as part of its participation in the A350 XWB.
Lord Peter Mandelson Mr Tami said: We discussed at length the significance of the A400M in developing composite wing
technology on British soil.
For Wales, the Next Generation Composite Wing
(NGCW) collaborative programme will ensure that the Airbus wing manufacturing plant at Broughton, which employs nearly 7,000 people, will remain a world leader and at the cutting edge of wing design and manufacturing.