777X decision looms for Boeing’s board

Boeing will ask its board of directors in April for approval to begin offering its updated 777X to customers.

That would position the company to deliver one of the two new 777X models by 2019, reports Aviation Week.

The fate of the refreshed 777X has been a subject of debate for more than a year. Boeing initially had been expected to take action in 2012. The company’s waffling on the 777 drew derision last month from Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia, who said Boeing would only help rival Airbus and its A350-1000 if the Chicago-based jet maker continued to wait.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Boeing already approached three customers – Japan Airlines, Emirates and IAG – on the 777X.

Ray Conner, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, last week announced his decision to put Bob Feldmann in charge of the 777X program. Feldmann previously helped lead development of the 737 MAX.

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