Aircraft of the Month: Boeing 777

The Boeing 777 is long-range twin-engine aircraft with a large passenger capacity. With a focus on safety, reliability, passenger comfort and operating economics, this wide-body airplane has it all, making it one of Boeing’s most successful aircraft to date. 

The 777 was designed as an entirely new aircraft - not simply a revised version of an existing aircraft.  While the aircraft uses the same fuselage cross section as a 747 Jumbo jet, a key difference is that it flies on only two engines.

The flight-control system for the aircraft is also different from those on other Boeing designs. Rather than have the aircraft rely on cables to move the ailerons, elevator, and rudder, Boeing designed the 777 with fly-by-wire technology. As a result, the 777 uses wires to carry electrical signals from the pilot control wheel, column, and pedals to a primary flight computer.

Various models of the aircraft are in service; the 777-200, 777-200ER; a larger 777-300; two new longer-range models, the 777-300ER and 777-200LR Worldliner (the world's longest range commercial airplane); and the Boeing 777 Freighter.

Operators: Air France, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways, China Southern, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines
Manufacturer: Boeing
Country: United States
First Flight: June 12, 1994
Cockpit Crew: 2
Cruise Speed: 905 km/h
Height: 18.5 m (60 ft 9in)
Length: 63.7 m (209 ft 1 in)
Wing Span: 60.9 m (199 ft 11in)
Passenger Capacity: 365
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 213,180 kg (320,000 lb)
Maximum Range: 14,310 km (7,725 nm)
Engine: PW 4090, RR 895, GE90-94B

(stats used for 777-300ER)

Did you Know? The 777's undercarriage is the largest ever used in a commercial jetliner and its tires are the largest ever fitted to a commercial aircraft.

YVR Connection:  China Southern, which recently increased its service to YVR to five times weekly, uses a 777-200 for the route. 777’s are spotted on our runways almost daily. To spot and watch a 777 take off or land, visit our South Terminal Viewing Platform.

 

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