Boeing 777 Spotting Guide
Emirates Boeing 777
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.
777-200 and 777-300
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.
777-8 and 777-9
Boeing announced the next generation of the 777 in 2013: The 777X. It will include two models, the 777-8 and 777-9, and feature improvements using 787 technology, composite wings with folding wingtips, improved GE9X engines, larger windows and more interior comfort for passengers.
The 777-9 will have a fuselage length of 250' 11", exceeding the 250' 2" length of the Boeing 747-8, currently the world's longest airliner.
As of early 2017, it is reported that Boeing has received firm orders on over 300 of the 777X airliners. First deliveries are anticipated for 2020.
The 777X jetliners will be built at Boeing's Everett plant. Production lines are being modified to continue assembly of the 777-200 and 777-300 while ramping up assembly processes for the 777X.
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|