1500th Boeing 777 Built: Celebrating the most popular twin-aisle airplane of all time

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Boeing 777 was introduced – when it took its first flight in 1994, and flew for United Airlines a year later in 1995 between Washington DC and London Heathrow.

Well, the Boeing production line has been cranking the aircraft out, one at a time, with 1500th aircraft exiting the production line, and being readied for delivery to its customer.

This aircraft is for United Airlines – and it’s a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The Boeing 777 family has evolved with 6 main variants

  • Boeing 777-200 – The original Launch Model of the 777 type (Launch Customer: United Airlines)
  • Boeing 777-200ER – The first Extended Range Model, with an increased gross weight and a range of 7,065 nautical miles. (Launch Customer: British Airways)
  • Boeing 777-200LR – The ultra-long haul variant, able to cover up to 8,555 nautical miles. (Launch Customer: Pakistan International Airlines)
  • Boeing 777-300 – The first stretch of the 777 model (Launch Customer: Cathay Pacific)
  • Boeing 777-300ER – The first stretch, with extended range of the -200ER model – covering up to 7,370 nautical miles (Launch Customer: Air France)
  • Boeing 777F – The Freighter version for those who need to shift cargo around the world (Launch Customer: Air France)

As time has gone on, the Boeing 777-300ER has become the backbone of many a long haul fleet, providing lower costs that operating Boeing 747s (and in some ways, the 777-300ER killed the 747 project due to fuel efficiency, and the ability to maintain two less engines, whilst maintaining operations by ensuring the planes meet ETOPS standards).

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The Boeing 777 forms the backbone of many long haul airlines, with Emirates, United Airlines, Air France and Cathay Pacific using it as their primary long haul aircraft.

I think anyone flying long haul will encounter a Boeing 777, and they’re not bad planes. They ferry people from A to B in varying level of comfort – whilst lowering costs on the way.

Economy passengers are feeling the squeeze – as airlines are putting in 10-across seating down the back of the plane – which does take away from the passenger experience.

But as a successful method for transporting passengers long distance and in an efficient way – it’s a welcome sight to see one.

Header image: 1500th Boeing 777 – Image, The Boeing Company via Twitter

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