Major Boeing 777 Milestones
There is little doubt that the Boeing 777 is an extraordinary aircraft, at least as extraordinary as the multiple feats it has achieved since it first flew in 1994...and even before!...not for nothing the Boeing 777 was the first commercial aircraft to be designed entirely on computer.
United Airlines was the first airline to order the 777, becoming its launch customer on October 14th, 1990.
It would be a few more years until its first flight, which took place in June 12th, 1994.
Boeing delivered the first Boeing 777 to United Airlines on May 15th, 1995 and it flew its first scheduled commercial service with the type on June 7th, 1995 on the London Heathrow to Washington Dulles route.
Previous to entering service, on May 30th, 1995, the Boeing 777 became the first airplane in aviation history to be approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS).
The Boeing 777 has also set a new record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane: on Nov. 10, 2005, a Boeing 777-200LR left Hong Kong in an eastward direction and 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 kilometers) and 22-hour 42-minutes later landed at London Heathrow Airport, more than halfway across the globe.This achievement was recognized by the U.S. National Aeronautics Association, The Federation Aeronautique Internationale and the Guinness Book of Records.
The Boeing 777 has also achieved comemrcial success, in 2004, 10 years after its first flight, 500 deliveries had been made, which made it the faster-selling twin-aisle commercial airplane in history.
On 2nd March 2012, Boeing delivered its 1000th 777.