The Boeing 777X will emerge into a world very different to that in which it was conceived
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As countries continue to ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination efforts and spring – for some of us at least – appears to have sprung, the feeling of hope is tangible. For many of our readers this may mean the chance to see loved ones again, while for others it may signal a tentative return to planning trips. The aviation world, however, remains a heady mixture of positives and negatives.

Despite the lack of flying, commercial aviation continues to innovate. Indeed, stakeholders appear to have made the most of the downtime, embracing new technologies, rethinking their business models and even bulking up their portfolios.