Boeing has revealed plans for new energy efficient jet planes, the 777X with foldable wings. The new wings are longer than the traditional 777 planes, which Boeing is crediting for its fuel efficiency, but longer wings also create an issue with navigating runways on the ground.
This is why the plane will have wings that fold. The wingtips of the plane can draw in slightly to create a ten foot space. “Its folding, raked wingtip and optimized span deliver greater efficiency, significant fuel savings and complete airport gate compatibility,” said the official statement from Boeing (PDF).
There are currently two different sized models 777X-8 and 777X-9 and both are intended for long haul flights. The plans are a long way off from full production and availability, 2020 is the projected deadline, but Boeing has already received 259 orders for 777X planes at this year’s Dubai Airshow as well as a number of commitments from various airlines.
Boeing has had its fair share of issues lately with planes, namely the fires on-board the 787 Dreamliners. Critics may be lining up to get a peek at this new foldable wing.