Folding Wings Turn Boeing Jet Into A Fuel Saver

Folding Wings Turn Boeing Jet Into A Fuel Saver
Innovation

Boeing 777x boasts a gargantuan 233-foot wingspan to save on fuel costs

Ross Brooks
  • 19 november 2013

In an effort to lower the operating costs associated with fuel in the airline industry, Boeing has designed the new 777x, the first twin-engine jet able to haul a jumbo jet’s payload. What’s even more impressive is that it burns 12 percent less fuel than competing Airbus models, and 20 percent less than Boeing’s own 777-300ER. It achieves this with a new engine from GE Aviation and much longer composite wings that are able to fold up when the plane is taxiing through airports.

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