Boeing 777First taking to the air on June 14, 1994, the Boeing 777 twin engine commercial airliner is manufactured by Boeing to meet the passenger capacity gap between the smaller 767 twinjet and very large 747.
Boeing 777-200 of Brazilian airline Varig.|
This addition to Boeing's commercial airliner product line uses modern technological innovation extensively. It features Boeing's first use of electronic fly-by-wire, a large flightdeck featuring multiple LCD instrument readouts, extensive use of composite materials, and the world's largest turbofan jet engines, each capable of over 74,000 pounds of thrust and measuring in excess of 13 feet in diameter. 305 passengers can be seated in the typical three-class arrangement onboard the 777-200.
Since its introduction, the 777 has appeared in the basic 777-200 model, the 777-200ER (an "Extended Range" version of the -200), and the 33-foot "stretched" 777-300, capable of a passenger capacity up to 390 in a three-class configuration. Boeing has plans for a 777-200LR ("Longer Range" beyond even the -200ER) as well as a 777-300ER edition, scheduled for flight tests in 2006.
The Boeing 777-200 photo seen here was taken in August 2002 at London (Heathrow) Airport. The aircraft is landing. Distinguishing features of the 777 can be seen, including the set of six wheels on each main landing gear, and the blade-like rear tailcone.
On April 2, 1997 a Boeing 777 IGW broke the Great Circle Distance Without Landing record for an airliner by flying east (the long way) from Boeing Field, Seattle, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, covering the distance of 20044.20 km in 21 hours, 23 minutes.