Boeing's new 777X airliner takes off on first flight

Boeing's new 777X airliner takes off on first flight

A Boeing 777X airliner lands at Boeing Field to conclude its first flight on January 25, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Credit: AFP

Boeing's new longhaul 777X airliner made its first flight Saturday, taking off from the company's manufacturing site in Washington state.

The plane took off from a rain-slicked runway a few minutes after 10:00 am local time (1800 GMT), sporting blue and white company colours and emblazoned with the company name.