Emirates Airline (Dubai) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have celebrated the simultaneous delivery of three 777s – two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter – marking the entry of the 150th 777 into Emirates’ fleet.
The triple delivery marks the first time in 15 years that Boeing has delivered three 777s at one time to a single customer.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the 777 and also the only airline ever to operate all six of the 777 variants introduced into service by Boeing.
Emirates ordered its first Boeing 777s in 1992 with delivery beginning in June 1996. The airline’s order book for the 777 continued to grow over the following years including a then record-breaking order for 50 777-300 ERs at the 2011 Dubai Airshow and 150 777Xs at the 2013 edition.
Today’s 777-300 ER, which forms the largest part of the Emirates fleet, is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class and the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane. Emirates currently has 46 additional 777-300 ERs on order with Boeing.
With this delivery, Emirates now has 13 777 Freighters, the world’s largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. The airplane’s range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators – fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.
Boeing also provides Emirates with essential support and services including parts and components and Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.
Photo: Boeing 777-31H ER A6-EPB (msn 42321) sits at the special ceremony at Boeing as the 150th Boeing 777 for the airline.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston], the Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) and Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) have finalized an order for three additional 777-300 ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $990 million at current list prices. This order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, follows Swiss’ 2013 order for six 777-300 ERs, and will form the backbone of the Swiss flag-carrier’s long-haul fleet renewal.
Swiss is part of the Lufthansa Group, serving 106 destinations in 49 countries from the Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel, carrying over 16 million passengers a year with a fleet of 95 airplanes.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) celebrated yesterday (April 30) the delivery of the airline’s 50th 777-300 ER (Extended Range). With this delivery, Cathay Pacific will have 67 Boeing 777s in operation, which also includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. Cathay Pacific is slated to receive three more 777-300 ERs this year and is one of the launch customers for the new Boeing 777X with 21 777-9X airplanes on order.
The 777-300 ER will receive further improvements in 2016 designed to reduce fuel use by two percent.
Cathay Pacific group operates flights to nearly 100 destinations worldwide with its own fleet of more than 200 aircraft. In North America, the airline currently operates some 100 passenger flights a week to New York (JFK), Newark Liberty, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver. The airline will begin a four-times-weekly service to and from Boston and Hong Kong on May 2 this year. Cathay Pacific Cargo serves 13 cities across the Americas using the latest 747-8 freighter fleet.
Photo: Boeing. Pictured at Paine Field for the delivery ceremony, Boeing 777-367 ER B-KQX (msn 60725) also carries special “Our 50th 777-300ER” markings by the nose.
United Airlines (Chicago) could become a new potential customer of the Boeing 777-300 ER. According to Reuters, Chief Financial Officer, John Rainey, told Reuters United is interested in the stretch Triple Seven as a “good fit its network”. United is considering swapping some Boeing 787s it has on order for the 777-300 ER. However United does not have an immediate interest on the new Boeing 777X design.
In other news, United Airlines stated yesterday it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batter (lithium-ion batteries), following the lead of Delta Air Lines.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The 777-300 ER would mesh well with the current 19 Boeing 777-200s and 55 777-200 ERs. Boeing 777-222 ER N226UA (msn 30226) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.
United Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery only):
The aircraft – bearing registration PH-BVN – will be the ninth Boeing 777-300 ER to join the KLM fleet, alongside 15 Boeing 777-200 ERs. The new Boeing will be the first 777-300 ER to be delivered featuring the new Economy and World Business class configuration and the new livery. The PH-BVO will follow at the end of April, also boasting the new configuration and livery.
Above Photos: KLM. Close-up photos of Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVN (msn 44549) in the 2014 livery in the Boeing paint shop. The Triple Seven completed its first flight in bare metal on February 12.
KLM aircraft slide show:
Bottom Image: The first KLM 787-9 Dreamliner is expected to arrive in October 2015.
China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) will now introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Shanghai (Pudong) – Toronto (Pearson) route on June 17 (delayed from April 15) according to Airline Route. The new type will replace the Airbus A340-600 currently operating on the route. The route is operated on three days a week.
Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) in the new look was handed over to the carrier on September 23, 2014.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Nairobi – London (Heathrow) route next summer as a replacement aircraft. The Triple Seven will replace the smaller Boeing 787-8 on the route from June 14 through September 14 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3U8 ER 5Y-KZX (msn 42097) taxies to the gate at Amsterdam.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s 100th 777-300 ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777. Boeing 777-31H ER A6-ENV (msn 41368) (above) was handed over to the carrier on October 28.
With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate all the 777 variants. With a current direct backlog of 51 777-300 ERs, the 777 also comprises the largest part of Emirates’ 213-strong fleet.
At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Emirates became one of the launch customers for the 777X by committing to 150 airplanes. The order was finalized in July of this year.
Boeing provides Emirates with essential support and services from its Boeing Edge portfolio of aviation services, including parts and components, Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.
Emirates also celebrated the delivery of the pictured A6-ENV with this announcement:
Emirates celebrated another milestone on Wednesday with the delivery of the airline’s 100th Boeing 777-300 ER, the world’s largest, long-range twin engine commercial aircraft.
The Boeing 777-300 ER forms the backbone of the Emirates fleet with the aircraft type currently operating to 77 destinations on the airline’s global network.
Delivery of Emirates’ first Boeing 777-300 ER took place in March 2005 and with a further 52 aircraft on order, the airline is the world’s largest operator of this aircraft type – in fact one in every five 777-300 ERs flying today is in Emirates’ livery.
It takes 47 days to build a 777-300 ER and each aircraft is made of three million parts. If you took all of the wiring contained within Emirates’ 100 777-300 ERs and placed it end-to-end it would stretch from Dubai to New York and back again.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said, “The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built, and its combination of efficiency, range and payload is second to none. Our customers are equally excited by the aircraft and its on-board product, and to date over 108 million passengers have flown on an Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER.
“We have 204 more Boeing 777s on order, which supports over 400,000 jobs in the United States of America, including those from various suppliers such as General Electric which provides the GE90 engines that power all of our 777-300 ERs,” added Sir Tim.
“We are proud of our long-term relationship with Emirates and for the confidence they have in Boeing’s products and services beginning with the 777 and continuing with the 777X in the years to come,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The operating economics and long-range capability of the 777-300 ER have played a prominent role in the success of Emirates’ business strategy.”
The range of the Boeing 777-300 ER is 14,490 kilometers, and Emirates’ longest flight with this aircraft currently operates between Dubai and Houston which is a total distance of 13,120 kilometers.
The Boeing 777 is manufactured in Everett, Washington. The Everett plant is so large that it requires its own fire department, security force, fully equipped medical clinic, electrical substations and water-treatment plant. The site’s main assembly building, which the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges as the largest building in the world by volume, its footprint covers 98.3 acres (39.9 hectares)
Timeline of the Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER:
June 16, 2003: Emirates announced an operating lease order for 26 Boeing 777-300 ERs at the 2003 Paris Air Show, worth $5.6 billion.
July 20, 2004: Emirates ordered 4 Boeing 777-300 ERs with 9 options at the 2004 Farnborough Air Show, worth $2.96 billion.
March 26, 2005: Emirates receives its first Boeing 777-300 ER.
November 20, 2005: At the Dubai 2005 – 9th International Aerospace Exhibition, Emirates announced an order for 24 Boeing 777-300 ERs. In all, Emirates ordered 42 Boeing 777s in a deal worth $9.7 billion, the largest Boeing 777 order then in history.
November 11, 2007: At the 2007 Dubai Air Show, Emirates ordered 12 Boeing 777-300 ERs, worth $3.2 billion.
In 2009, Emirates became the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 with the delivery of its 78th Boeing 777.
July 19, 2010: Emirates ordered another 30 Boeing 777-300 ERs at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show, worth $9.1 billion.
November 13, 2011: At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, a firm order was placed for 50 Boeing 777-300 ERs with options for another 20. The deal was worth $18 billion, the largest commercial order by value in Boeing’s history.
March 3, 2012: Emirates received the 1000th Boeing 777 which was a 777-300 ER variant.
November 17, 2013: In the 2013 Dubai Air Show , Emirates made aviation history with a record-breaking order of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft.
July 29, 2014: Boeing delivers its 500th 777-300 ER to Emirates. Emirates is the only airline in the world to operate all 6 variants of the 777 family.
October 29, 2014: Emirates receives its 100th Boeing 777-300 ER. Emirates operates one out of every five Boeing 777-300 ERs in the world.
Emirates destinations launched using Boeing 777-300 ER are:
Adelaide, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Milan-New York JFK, Oslo, Rio De Janeiro, Seattle, Stockholm, Taipei and Tokyo (Narita)
China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the daily nonstop Shanghai (Pudong)-New York (JFK) route on November 15, replacing the current Airbus A340-600 aircraft.
In other news, the company will also begin service to Auckland, New Zealand on December 9 from Shanghai (Pudong). The new route will be operated four days a week with Airbus A330-200s per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) lands at Paine Field in the new 2014 livery.
China Airlines (Taipei) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) yesterday (October 3) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300 ER (Extended Range). The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300 ERs that the Taiwanese flag carrier plans to introduce in the coming years.
China Airlines will introduce a new, state-of-the-art cabin interior onboard its 777-300 ER designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen. The airline configured its 777-300 ER to seat 358 passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by the new ‘Family Couch’ seats in economy class, where three seats convert into a flat surface for rest and relaxation.
China Airlines will launch operations of their first 777-300 ER to Hong Kong in October and will eventually introduce the airplane on trans-Pacific routes, connecting Taipei with major cities in North America, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York (JFK).
Specifically the airline is planning to introduce the new type on October 9 between Taipei (Taoyuan) and Hong Kong, October 12 to Bangkok, October 26 to Hanoi and finally October 26 to Kaohsiung per Airline Route.
The new 777-300 ER is equipped with the world’s most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can travel, with a standard three class configuration, a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).
The airline currently serves more than 13 million passengers annually to over 118 destinations across the globe.
Top Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Stretched Triple Seven, the pictured 777-36N ER B-18051 (msn 41821), lands at Paine Field near Everett, WA.
Cabin photos courtesy of Boeing:
Bottom Copyright Photo: Boeing. B-18051 is pushed back at the Boeing plant in Everett.