In Sam Chui's video covering the first 777-9 flight, there's a shot of the plane over the clouds with landing gear still down.

777-9 over clouds with gear down - screenshot from Sam Chui's video

I thought maybe the shot was from another flight. I couldn't find another video with exactly that shot, but CNET's video shows the landing gear remaining down for a long time after takeoff.

Assuming I'm correct, that the gear remained down for the whole flight: why?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm fairly confident Boeing does this for all first flights as a safety precaution, but I will let someone with more direct knowledge provide an official answer $\endgroup$
    – Bryson S.
    Feb 3, 2020 at 15:59


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