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With resources and energy focused on returning the 737 Max to service and getting the delayed 777X airborne and into flight testing, Boeing is freezing efforts to develop of an ultra-long range follow-on to the 777-9.

The move is an about-face from Boeing, which earlier in the spring had been revising the specifications of the 350-seat 777-8 for ultra-long range operations and laying the groundwork for an eventual 777X freighter, based on the 777-8. The aircraft had been originally due for service by 2022, following the arrival of the 777-9 in 2020.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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