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Also Known As: Worldliner
Origin: United States of America
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Description: The Boeing 777 is the first aircraft to be fully digitally designed using 3D computer graphics eliminating the need for costly full-scale mock-ups. The result is an aircraft larger than all other twin-engine and tri-engine aircraft and smaller than Boeing 747 aircraft while aimed at the medium and long range markets and bringing the low-costs benefits owned by twin-engine aircraft.
The long range Boeing 777 program was launched in 1990 with an order from United Airlines and entered airlines service in 1995. The aircraft is currently available in six models: 777-200, 777-200ER (Extended Range), 777-200LR (Longer-Range), 777-300, 777-300ER and 777F (freighter). A seventh member is under development slated for entry into service before 2020, the 777X.
Introducing a new wing design, more efficient and powerful General Electric GE90, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines, and lighter structures, the 777 is a fuel-efficient aircraft. Fuel savings allow to offer lower prices to airlines' customers while minimizing environmental impact.
The Boeing 777-200LR is a derivative of 777-200 equipped with raked wingtips to provide additional cruise altitude and range. It is powered by higher thrust engines than those powering 777-200 and 200ER aircraft. The -200LR commercial aircraft also features a wider wingspan and will enter service in 2006. It can accommodate between 279 (two-class configuration) and 301 (three-class configuration) passengers.
Boeing offers Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) package to new-built and existing 777 passenger airplanes. EFB gives technology advantages for safe, secure and efficient operations. It includes an onboard performance tool that allows the pilot to instantly calculate the ideal speed and engine setting for an aircraft, in any weather condition, on any runway with any payload.
In addition, EFB includes the award-winning Jeppesen Airport Moving Map application, which combines high-fidelity, geo-referenced airport taxi charts and precise navigational signals to show flight crews exactly where they are on the surface of an airport. EFB was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October 2003 at the same time the first commercial unit was delivered to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on the carrier's first 777.
Boeing unveiled the first B777-200LR, dubbed Worldliner for being the world's passenger aircraft with the longest range, at Everett, Washington, on 15 February 2005. The airplane was expected to connect virtually all cities around the world thanks to its impressive range of 9,420 nautical miles. The Wolrdliner first flight occurred on March 8, 2005, and the first production airplane was delivered to Pakistan International Airlines in January 2006.
On November 10th, 2005, Boeing 777-200LR established a new distance world record after traveling from Hong Kong to London Heathrow Airport on a nonstop flight which lasted 22 hours and 42 minutes. The 777-200LR Worldliner flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km) after leaving Hong Kong on November 9, 2005.
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