17 November 2002
17 November 2002
In front of a crowd of more than 4,000 guests that included employees, suppliers, partners and airline customers, Boeing unveiled the fourth member of the Boeing 777 family, the 777-300ER (extended range) jetliner.
The 777-300ER is the first of two Longer-Range 777 models to be completed. Both the 777-300ER and a second jetliner, the 777-200LR (longer-range), were launched in February 2000 by Boeing and General Electric Aircraft Engines (NYSE: GE) at the request of customers who asked for an airplane with additional flexibility to serve the non-stop routes that passengers demand.
The Longer-Range 777s are available in two sizes. The 777-300ER carries 365 passengers up to 7,250 nautical miles (13,427 kilometers); and the 777- 200LR can carry 301 passengers 8,865 nautical miles (16,417 kilometers).
Both airplanes are powered by the world's most powerful commercial jet engine, the GE90-115B. GEAE is the sole producer of engines for the 777-200LR and 777-300ER airplanes.
At 115,000 pounds of thrust, the GE90-115B incorporates proven technology from GE's successful GE90 family with new, performance-enhancing features such as a three-dimensional aerodynamic (3-D Aero) compressor to deliver improved fuel burn, and wide-chord-swept composite fan blades for greater efficiency.
The airplane was unveiled in a dramatic ceremony where gigantic banners with the numbers ""777"" were dropped from the factory ceiling to reveal the airplane. A striking red, white and blue paint scheme incorporates for the first time elements of the Boeing livery on the underbelly of a new airplane.
With first flight now scheduled to occur in the late January to mid- February timeframe, flight-test employees are putting final touches on the systems that will be used to monitor and evaluate the airplane.
New Zealand company Revolution Fibres is tripling nanofibre production to meet increased international demand from a range of industries, from cosmetics manufacturers through to Formula One teams.
US company Web Industries has opened its first European sales office in Hamburg, Germany.
Airborne Aerospace has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands to manufacture 48 substrate panels for the solar arrays of 12 new Galileo FOC satellites.