Boeing and Emirates celebrate the 1,000th 777 built

Boeing (Chicago) and more than 5,000 employees, suppliers, customers and government officials celebrated the 1,000th 777 at a special event yesterday (March 2). The 1,000th 777 jetliner will be officially delivered to Emirates (Dubai) later in March.

Last year was the best year on record for 777 sales with 200 orders from 22 customers – topping the previous record of 154 set in 2005. Production is at an all-time high for the program and a 20 percent rate increase begins this fall, increasing from seven to 8.3 airplanes per month. The program will begin building 100 airplanes per year beginning in 2013.

Emirates is the 777 program’s largest customer with 102 777s now in its fleet and 84 passenger airplanes and nine freighters on order. Emirates is the only airline that operates all six members of the 777 family.

The 1,000th 777 is a 777-300ER (extended range) model that seats 360 passengers in a three-class configuration.

To date, Boeing has recorded orders for 1,361 777s to 64 customers around the globe.

United Airlines (Chicago) was the first customer of the Triple Seven.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

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