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Boeing 777X jetliner begins maiden flight

SEATTLE: Boeing Co began the maiden flight on Saturday of the world's largest twin-engined jetliner as the embattled planemaker steps up competition with European rival Airbus in a respite from a crisis over its smaller 737 MAX.

The 777X, a larger and more efficient version of Boeing's successful 777 mini-jumbo, took off outside Seattle at 10.09am local time after high winds forced the company to postpone two earlier attempts this week.

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Boeing officials said the maiden voyage would last 3-5 hours and herald months of testing and certification Read More – Source