6 Incredible Facts About the Boeing 777

6 Unbelievable Facts About the Boeing 777

This aircraft ushered in the era of twin-engine long-haul giants. The first 777–200 was received by United Airlines in 1995. This copy, by the way, is still flying. Due to its huge popularity with airlines, more than 1,500 passenger and cargo variants were sold in total. It can carry a large number of passengers and cargo over long distances using only two engines. 

In 2024, the Boeing 777 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first flight, and in 2025 the next generation of mega-twins — Boeing 777X. 

Introducing six incredible facts about the Boeing 777.

Its — the most powerful in the world

The only engine option on the 777-300ER — General Electric GE90-115B.

The turbine with 3.25-meter blades is only a few centimeters smaller than the diameter of the Boeing 737 fuselage.

The 777th — first Boeing computer-controlled

All levers, joysticks and buttons in the cockpit are connected to computers that control the mechanical parts of the aircraft. This principle is called fly-by-wire.

Airbus surpassed Boeing in fly-by-wire technology with the introduction of the A320 in the late 1980s.

The next Boeing to use the fly-by-wire principle fly-by-wire — Boeing 787. It uses 777 technology.

The aircraft can carry more than 500 passengers

The two largest airlines in Japan operated Boeing 777 & ndash; 300, accommodating 500 or more passengers — an incredible number for a twin-engine, single-deck aircraft.

All Nippon Airways operates 777–300 domestically. It seats 514 passengers: 21 in premium class and 419 in economy class. Until the “retirement” during the pandemic era, Japan Airlines' 777–300 aircraft carried 500 passengers: 78 in business class and 422 in economy.

At one time, ANA operated a fleet of Boeing 747–400s with a capacity of 567 passengers. But this plane has twice as many engines — four.

The 777-300ER has the same fuselage as the 777–300, but it has a completely new wing, extra fuel, and a different takeoff and landing weight. Combined, all this leads to a more productive option.

Japanese ANA operates the 777-300ER with the smallest capacity

Of course, ANA uses the 777th in a variety of missions.

For example, an airline crams 514 passengers into a 777–300 used on short haul routes.

On the other hand, one of the 777-300ER ANA configurations has only 212 seats — less than half of the usual. This option uses ANA's The Room Business Class.

The shortest route 777 is only 72.5 km

The letters ER in the name 777-300ER mean extended range, that is, an extended range of action. That doesn't matter to Dutch KLM, however, on the short 72-kilometer, 35-minute flights it makes three times a week in Tanzania. This route runs between Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam. The flight is operated as a segment of a triangular route between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), ZNZ and DAR. KLM does not operate any local transportation or cargo between the two airports.

The longest route 777 is 13 402 km

Saudia's flight from King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the longest 777 flight in the world and one of the longest on the planet. Travel time is over 16 hours.

Interestingly, 777-300ER — it's not the longest range variant of the 777. That honor goes to the 777-200LR, whose name comes from long range. The passenger version of the 777-200LR was a commercial failure with only 61 delivered. However, the 777-200LR — this is the platform used for the cargo variant 777 — 777F, which proved to be much more successful with 212 delivered as of September 30, 2022.

The second longest 777 flight in the world is operated by a 777-200LR. The daily 13-140 km Emirates flight between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston also takes more than 16 hours.

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