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Boeing 777


The Boeing 777 was launched on 29 October 1990, two weeks after United Airlines had placed an order for 34 aircraft and 34 options. Work had begun a couple of years earlier on a replacement for the DC-10s and L-1011s and that would fit between the 767 and 747 models. Boeing first called this the 767-X and enlisted help from airlines and subcontractors help design this new airplane under a concept called Working Together.

The eight airlines involved in designing the 777 were United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.

The design was done completely on computer with a program called CATIA, which allowed Boeing to build a virtual airplane and to make sure all the different parts fit without building a mock-up. The 777 includes a lot of "firsts" including first fly-by-wire system for a Boeing airplane. The aircraft is also the first to be with folding wingtips although no customer have selected that yet. It's also the first Boeing with a circular crosssection, which makes it easier to assemble and it also reduces weight.

Rollout was on 9 April 1994 and at that time there were 147 planes on order and 108 options from 15 different airlines. The First Flight was on 12 June 1994 and after that a very extensive test programme followed. This was much more rigorous than for other new airliners because the 777 was offered with 180 ETOPS certification. This means that the nearest diversion airport can be 180 minutes away if anything goes wrong. The ETOPS certification is necessary in order for the airlines to fly the 777 on long-haul flights over water. The first 777 was delivered to United Airlines on schedule to United Airlines on 15 May 1995 and the first revenue flight waa UA 921 from London Heathrow (LHR) to Washington Dulles (IAD) on 7 June 1995 by N777UA.

Boeing flew a 777-2H6/ER (9M-MRA) in Malaysia Airlines colors nonstop from Boeing Field in Seattle to Kuala Lumpur on 1 Apr 97, a distance of 12 457 mi / 20 044 km. The return to Boeing Field continued round the world and set a record for the fastest round the world flight by a commercial airliner. Total flight time round the world was 41 hr 59 min over a total distance of 23 210 mi / 37 945 km.

American Airlines flew a 777-223/ER (N777AN) on 6 Mar 00 from Chicago Ohare to Hong Kong to try a new polar route. This was the first time a twin engine aircraft flew such a route nonstop an it flew very close to the North Pole. The plane returned nonstop to Dallas Ft Worth on 8 Mar 00, marking the first nonstop between Hong Kong to Dallas.

On 29 Feb 00, Boeing launched longer range wersions of the 777. They are called 777-200/LR and 777-300/ER. These planes will have GE engines with up to 115 000 pounds of thrust. All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, ILFC, GECAS, EVA Air and Air France have already ordered these new 777s. Emirates and Malaysia Airlines are said to have "firm commitments". Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines have expressed "strong interest". Look for orders for these new models in the News section.

Boeing launched a freighter version of the 777, the Boeing 777/F with an order of 5 aircraft from Air France. Avion Group of Iceland has ordered 4 and Air Canada will order at least two and Qatar Airways may order some as well. The 777/F is based on the -200/LR and therefore will have GE engines. First delivery to Air France will be in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Boeing flew a 777-200/LR nonstop from Hong Kong to London across the Pacific, the US and the Atlantic to set a new record for a nonstop flight for a heavy passenger jet. The aircraft, N6066Z, flew 14 438 miles (21 601km) with 35 passengers including representatives from the media and General Electric and crew from Singapore Airlines and PIA - Pakistan International Airlines. The flight took off from Hong Kong HKG at 2230 on 9 November 2005 and arrived London LHR around 1330 om 10 November 2005 after a 22h 42 min flight.


About Me


My name is Lars Victorin and I'm originally from Stockholm, Sweden but now live in Los Angeles, CA.  I'm 45 years old and have been interested in aviation since I was about five years old. I remember going on trips with my parents and the excitment of getting on an airplane. In 1989 I did my social service at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and my interest deepened. I started to take down registrations for each flight I was on. The next year I worked at Bromma Airport in Stockholm and started to read magazines like Aviation Week and Flight International.

One day I remember reading about an airplane called 767-X which was to be an improved and stretched version of the 767. It evolved somewhat and later the 777 was launched by United Airlines. I remember reading about roll-out, first flight for this airplane while working for TWA and EVA Air in Los Angeles. I started working for United Airlines in March 1995 and saw a UA 777 on a ETOPS flight on 1Apr95 at LAX. My first visit to Seattle was the day before the first delivery of a 777 to "my" airline, United Airlines.

That's why the Boeing 777 is my favorite airplane. I have followed along from development to flight test to delivery. I also have flown on the 777 and I want to try all the different 777 passenger carriers that have had the 777 delivered new directly from Boeing.  I have flown on 48 out of 48 carriers that have operated the 777 in passenger service as a first time operator (ie not second hand) and ordered directly from Boeing or thru a leasing company.  My goal is to fly on all airlines that have the 777 in service that have not gotten them second hand.  Please see My 777 Flights section for more details or send me an email.

I currently work for United Airlines. 

If You have any comments about this website please contact me at LARSVICTORIN@MSN.COM



Me and my son Nicholas
 


 

Technical Info

Boeing 777 Technical facts


Here are some basic technical facts about the different 777s. For more detalied information, please see the Boeing Company's 777 page in the links section.

Boeing 777-200

Capacity: 250-440
Length: 209,1 ft / 63.73 m
Wingspan: 199,1 ft / 60,9 m
Tail height: 60,6 ft / 18,44 m
Range: 5 850 mi / 9 405 km
Speed: 562 mph/ 905 km/h / Mach 0.85
Max takeoff weight: 545 000 lbs / 247 210 kg
Engines: GE90-76B / RR Trent 875/877 / PW 4074/4084


Boeing 777-200/ER

Capacity: 250-440
Length: 209,1ft / 63,7 m
Wingspan: 199,1 ft / 60,9 m
Tail height: 60,6 ft / 18,44 m
Range: 8 860 mi / 14 250 km
Speed: 562 mph / 905 km/h / Mach 0.85
Max takeoff weight: 656 000 lbs / 297 560 kg
Engines: GE90-85B/92B/94B / RR Trent 890/892/895 / PW 4090


Boeing 777-200/LR

Capacity: 250-301 (three classes)
Length: 209,1ft / 63,7 m
Wingspan: 212,7 ft / 64,8 m
Tail height: 61.1ft / 18,6 m
Range: 10 148mi / 16 328km
Speed: 562 mph / 905 km/h / Mach 0.85
Max takeoff weight: 750 000 lbs / 340 200 kg
Engine: GE90-110B

Cockpit of N796UA. Photo by Peter Spence.


Boeing 777-300

Capacity: 368-550
Length: 242,4 ft / 73,88 m
Wingspan: 199,1ft / 60,9 m
Tail height: 60,6 ft / 18,44 m
Range: 6 700 mi / 10 805 km
Speed: 562 mph / 905 km/h / Mach 0.85
Max takeoff wieight: 660 000 lbs / 299 375 kg
Engines: RR 892 / PW 4090/4098


Boeing 777-300/ER

Capacity: 300-359 (three classes)
Length: 242,4f t / 73,9 m
Wingspan: 212,7 ft / 64,8 m
Tail height: 61,1 ft / 18,6 m
Range: 8 314 mi / 13 377 km
Speed: 562 mph / 905 km/h/ Mach 0.85
Max takeoff weight: 750 000 lbs / 340 200 kg
Engine: GE90-115B


Boeing 777-200/LR at rollout cermony at Paine Field. Picture from Boeing Pressrelease.
 

Links

The Boeing Company

Airliners.net

Triple7-World.info - a website about the Boeing 777

Skyliner - aviation news & more

KPAE Paine Field