About the B777
The B777 has emerged as a best seller for long haul commercial aircraft thanks to its excellent fuel efficiency and cabin comfort. Developed in consultation with a number of major airlines, the B777 was designed to replace older wide-body aircraft and bridge the capacity difference between the B767 and the B747. As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, the B777 has computer-mediated controls and was the first commercial aircraft to be entirely designed by computer.
The aircraft entered service in 1995 with the original 777-200 variant. The stretched 777-300, followed in 1998. Compared to the 777-200, the 777-300 features a longer body, raked and extended wingtips, a new main landing gear, reinforced nose gear, and extra fuel tanks. The extended-range 777-300ER and ultra long-range 777-200LR variants entered service in 2004 and 2006 respectively. The 777-200LR is one of the world's few truly long range aircraft, able to fly more than halfway around the globe.
The B777 has a seating capacity for between 314 to 396 passengers, with a range of 9,704 to 15,844 kilometres (5,240 to 8,555 nautical miles). The newest variants of the B777, the B777-8 and B777-9 have further variations in seat capacity and range. B777-8 can carry 365 passengers in a two-class cabin configuration over a maximum range of 16,090 kilometres. B777-9 is 7m longer than its sister, which enables it to carry 414 passengers but its range is shorter (13,940 kilometres). Since entering the market, B777 aircraft have completed over 5 million flights, notching up over 18 million flight hours.
For pilots looking to transition to the B777, this fleet presents an excellent opportunity for career development. The B777 has received more orders than any other wide-body airliner in history. Building on the success of the B777 family of aircraft, the new B777X will be the largest and most efficient twin engine jet in the Boeing range, further emphasising the ongoing demand for qualified and experienced B777 pilots globally. The B777 shares a common type rating with the B787. Pilots transitioning between types typically only require up to a few weeks of cross-training, making this a very versatile fleet.