Boeing 777-200LR, World’s Longest-Range Airplane, Makes First Flight
EVERETT, Wash., March 8, 2005 – The first Boeing [NYSE:BA] 777-200LR Worldliner, the world’s longest range commercial airplane, today completed its first flight and began a test program that will lead to its first delivery in January 2006.
The newest 777 took off from Everett, Wash., Paine Field at 10 a.m. local time. After approximately three hours, it landed at 1:02 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field.
Capts. Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann and Frank Santoni flew the airplane, which carries the distinctive new blue Boeing livery. Darcy-Hennemann is the 777-200LR project pilot and Santoni is the chief 777 program pilot for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 777-200LR’s ability to connect the world is amazing,” Darcy-Hennemann said. “Flying the first flight is an honor and a rare opportunity.”
The 777-200LR, capable of connecting virtually any two cities in the world nonstop, is the fifth 777 model. It can carry 301 passengers up to 9,420 nautical miles (17,445 kilometers). " -(excert)
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