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.
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