Boeing’s new $442.2 million flagship plane is drawing interest from across the aviation industry. But delays are preventing it from realizing its potential.

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  • Date: 15-Jan-2022
  • Source: Business Insider
  • Sector: Economy
  • Country: UAE
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Boeing’s new $442.2 million flagship plane is drawing interest from across the aviation industry. But delays are preventing it from realizing its potential.

Boeing's new flagship aircraft has the potential to be a jack of all trades. But right now, it's a master of none. The and there's growing demand for the world's largest twin-engine passenger jet to fly more than just airline passengers. Boeing's commercial derivatives program is tasked with developing alternative uses for the manufacturer's commercial aircraft, and the largest contender outside of the airline realm may be in air cargo. Cargo carriers are already aware of Boeing's strengths in developing freighter aircraft as nearly every one of the manufacturer's commercial aircraft has a freighter variant. And a Boeing 777X Freighter would be the natural next step for . Airbus, however, has secured momentum in the r. Global airlines including , which may fly as early as 2025. "[Airbus] in particular, in my view, have done incredible work … in terms of coming up with an incredibly unique aircraft," Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo's divisional senior vice president, told Insider. But Emirates faces the same problem as its counterparts in that there's a desire to expand their fleets now . Tiding Emirates over until the Boeing 777X Freighter and Airbus A350F are certified and ready for deliveries is and conversion plans for