Boeing 777 Spotting Guide
The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
It is the world's largest twinjet and has a typical seating capacity for 314 to 451 passengers, with a range of 5,235 to 9,500 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,594 km).
Commonly referred to as the "Triple Seven", its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, fully circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped, sawed-off tail cone.
Background and Development
As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, the 777 has computer-mediated controls. It was also the first commercial aircraft to be designed entirely with computer-aided design.
The 777 first entered commercial service with United Airlines on June 7, 1995. It has received more orders than any other wide-body airliner; as of July of 2016, 60 customers had placed orders for 1,893 aircraft of all variants, with 1,417 delivered.
The 777, sometimes called the "Worldliner", is currently produced in two fuselage lengths:
- The original 777-200 variant entered commercial service in 1995, followed by the extended-range 777-200ER in 1997.
- The stretched 777-300, which is 33.25 ft (10.1 m) longer, followed in 1998. Also, the 777-300ER has been an extremely popular model with world airlines.
Boeing announced the Boeing 777-8X and 777-9X in 2013 with improvements on the aircraft using 787 technology, composite wings and improved GE9X engines.
Boeing 777 Spotting Tips
A side-by-side comparison of the Boeing 777-200 (top) and Boeing 777-300 (below). The Boeing 777-200 has 4 exit doors, while the 777-300 has 5 doors.
Also seen in the chart are two other design characteristics of the 777: the 12-wheel main landing gear, and the flat APU exhaust at the rear of the fuselage.
|The Boeing 777 undercarriage featuring its unique dual 6-wheel main landing gear|
|A comparison of the Boeing 777 (top) and Boeing 767 (bottom), both from All Nippon Airlines|
|Shown below is a comparison of the fuselage nose configuration of a Boeing 777 (top) and Boeing 767 (below), both in British Airways livery. The top "slant" of the fuselage is more flattened on the 777.|
Boeing 777-200 Photographs
|Boeing 777-200 of Continental Airlines|
|American Airlines Boeing 777-200|
|Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200|
Boeing 777-300 Photographs
|Emirates Boeing 777-31H, Registration Number A6-EMV|
|Qatar One World Boeing 777-300|