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I don't think the 777X is actually the newest Boeing plane (in april 2020), since it's only a new variant of a previous Boeing plane. So the actual newest plane would belong to the 787, since it's the newest plane. If that makes sense? Can anyone answer why Google says the 777X is the newest Boeing plane?

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    $\begingroup$ The answer depends on how you define "newest". $\endgroup$
    – StephenS
    Apr 5, 2020 at 17:16
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    $\begingroup$ Related: Is the Boeing 777X being certified as a derivative of the 777 Classic? $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Apr 5, 2020 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ @StephenS: As Bianfable's link shows, there is an official answer to that. We can argue whether that's the right answer, especially in the light of the 737-MAX disasters. $\endgroup$
    – MSalters
    Apr 6, 2020 at 13:05

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While the 777X is a derivation from the older 777 Classic family of airplanes, it is, in fact a brand new airplane, similar to the difference between the 747-8 and the 747 Classic line or the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet compared with the F/A-18A-D series. Based on that and the rollout date of the 777X, it would be BCA’s latest airplane.

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  • $\begingroup$ Minor nitpick: the 777 Classic only refers to the 777-200, -200ER and -300 models. The second generation 777-200LR, -200F and -300ER are not Classic any more. The 777X is now the third generation, arguably with much larger differences compared to the first and second generations. $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Apr 5, 2020 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ Fair enough..... $\endgroup$ Apr 5, 2020 at 18:48
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One can refer to general types, variants of a type, and individual machines or airframes of a variant/type. Any example of each may be distinguished from other types/variants/machines as a different plane. Which of these is indicated by "plane" depends on context. For example de Havilland DH.88 Comet G-ADEF was a newer plane than DH.88 Comet G-ACSS. Or, the Spitfire Mk. VIII was actually a newer plane than the Mk. IX. But which was the newer plane, the Comet (which flew first) or the Spitfire (which was designed first)? The context is unambiguous in all cases, you know what I mean. Since the Google context is equally unambiguous, there is no problem.

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