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Boeing postpones the introduction of the 777-8



But stick to the aircraft type and work closely with engine supplier GE. In the 777-9 series – which has a shorter range and has ordered 20 from Lufthansa – Boeing is still aiming for its first deliveries by 2020.

No details made Boeing the new 777-8 plan. Boeing announced three weeks ago that the 777X had "significant schedule risks" due to engine problems. With the shift in 777-8, Boeing could fall behind in a prestigious project by Australian airline Qantas behind European competitor Airbus.

Qantas plans to launch service from 2023 on the 17,000-kilometer route between Sydney and London, and the 21-hour flight would be the world's longest nonstop service. Since aircraft types are a modified version of the future Boeing 777-8 and the ultra-long haul Airbus A350 in conversation.

Qantas chief Alan Joyce had told CNN US station in June he hopes to have the offers the airlines have in August.

Two crashes in Boeing 737-Max machines in Indonesia and Ethiopia had thrown the US company into a serious crisis. In October 2018 and March 2019, a total of 346 people died. On Thursday, the landing gear on a Boeing machine at the airport in the western Irish city of Shannon caught fire at the Irish airport.

After the fire, several planes were canceled. The fire erupted Thursday on the landing gear in a machine from the airline Omni Air International, the airport administration said. All passengers and crew had "safely left."

The fire is now cleared, the machine will be removed from the runway, it says. Images scattered across networks showed the Omni-Air machine surrounded by numerous fire trucks. The launch of the Boeing 767-300 aircraft was canceled, Omni Air said in the short message service Twitter. "According to the preliminary reports, there were no serious injuries to passengers or crew."

dpa


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