AIRSHOW-Boeing sets out development timetable for new 777

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DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Boeing outlined on Monday atimetable for the development of a new version of its 777 jet, aday after landing record orders at the Dubai Airshow.

The U.S. manufacturer will firm up the configuration of theaircraft in 2015 and plans to have a detailed design by 2016.

Production will begin the following year, with the firsttest flight scheduled for 2019 and first delivery in 2020,Boeing's vice president and general manager of airplanedevelopment Scott Fancher said.

The newly launched version garnered stellar interest fromGulf carriers on the first day of the air show, with Dubai'sEmirates placing an order for 150 of the aircraft, Qatar Airwayssigning for 50 and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways for 25.

Boeing has not yet decided on the official launch customerfor the new aircraft.

"It will be one of the four airline customers - Lufthansa,Emirates, Qatar Airways or Etihad," Fancher told Reuters on thesidelines of a media briefing.

Airbus and Boeing signed deals to buy some $5 billion ofparts and materials from Abu Dhabi on day two of the DubaiAirshow, in a sign Gulf states are seeking a reciprocal boost totheir economies from the huge orders they have placed with theplanemakers.

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