Boeing 777 - Popular twin-engine aircraft, one of company's best-sellers
The Boeing 777, or 'triple seven' as it is also known, is a long-range twin-engine jet aircraft, and remains a popular jet airliner, being one of the company's best-selling products. With capacity for over 300 passengers, the aircraft is utilised on long-haul routes, with primary users including United Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Air France. The company's first ever fly-by-wire airliner, the Boeing 777 is also the first ever computer-designed aircraft to enter the commercial market.
Boeing 777 - Designed entirely by computer, with customer input
Boeing 777 was developed to replace older wide-body planes, and offer an alternative to both the company's 747 and 767. The design for a new Boeing 777 was heavily influenced by a group of eight airlines - British Airways, American Airways, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways, Delta Airlines, Qantas and Japan Airlines - who, as customers, were consulted for their direct input in specifications and requirements. The new Boeing 777 twinjet was designed entirely by computer, and is characterised by its six wheels on the landing gear, circular fuselage cross-section and blade-like fin on the tail. The Boeing 777 has a cabin cross-section similar to the 747, flexible interiors, a glass cockpit, fly-by-wire controls. Entering service in 1995, the new model made its first flight for United Airlines, and today there have been over 900 Boeing 777 produced. Seating over 350 passengers, the Boeing is one of the company's best-sellers, known to be a fuel-efficient model, with lower seat costs than many other aircraft on the market.
Boeing 777 - A family of variants for the 'Triple Seven'
Other airlines using the aircraft include Thai Airways International, Korean Air, Air India, Continental Airline and KLM, with competitors to Boeing 777 including the Airbus A330-300 and the Airbus A340. There have been a number of Boeing 777 variants produced, with the family including the Boeing 777-200, 200ER, 200LR, 300 and the 300ER - featuring an extended range and offering different fuselage lengths.