Boeing quietly unveiled its first fully assembled B777X aircraft – the world’s longest passenger jetliner – at a low-key event at its base in Everett, near Seattle.

The newest Boeing model was originally scheduled to make its debut in front of a crowd of attendees last week. However, out of respect for the 57 Ethiopian Airlines passengers who died when a Boeing 787 MAX 8 crashed earlier this month, the plane was only showcased to a few employees.

At the unveiling, staff were invited to inspect the ground-breaking Boeing 777X, which will be the longest aircraft ever produced measuring at 252 feet long (77 meters) nose-to-tail, two-feet longer than the current longest passenger jet, the 747-8.

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Two versions of the stretched aircraft are in production, the 777-8 and 777-9, that’ll seat between 350-375 and 400-425 (respectively) passengers. While the Business Jet model, BBJ 777X, will be capable of flying over halfway around the world without stopping.

As well as extra seating capability, the 777X will be one of the most eco-efficient aircraft with 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than other aircraft.

The first test flight is scheduled to take place this year, with the first aircraft delivery slated for 2020.

Airlines with existing orders for the plane include British Airways, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and more.

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