Boeing’s giant, new 777X seen in skies over Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The largest two-engine jetliner ever built by Boeing has been flying over the skies of Washington state this week.

The 777X has been making test flights in and out of Spokane International Airport.

The Spokesman-Review says the aircraft had its maiden flight Jan. 25 in Everett and can carry around 400 passengers.

The wings are so long that 11 feet of the tips must be folded so the plane can use standard airport gates.

Todd Woodard, a spokesman for the Spokane airport, says that while the 777X is quite large, Spokane International has runways large enough to handle any aircraft.

Boeing says the company expects to deliver the 777X to customers starting in 2021.