Boeing has completed half the design work for its 777-200LR (Longer Range) as the manufacturer prepares to begin production of the aircraft in October.

Engineers provided the design work to Boeing factories and suppliers so they could build parts, assemblies and tools for the long-range airliner, which will enter service in 2006.

"This milestone brings us even closer to building an airplane that will provide non-stop service to almost anywhere in the world," says Lars Andersen, Longer-Range 777 programme manager.

The first 777-200LR is scheduled to roll out of the factory in the first quarter of 2005. Following a six-month flight test programme, first delivery is scheduled during the first quarter of 2006.

Carrying 301 passengers in a three-class configuration, the 777-200LR will be able to fly 9,280nm (17,170km), which is over 1,500nm more than current 777s. Boeing has won orders for five 777-200LRs from two customers. The aircraft is powered by a high-thrust version of the General Electric GE90.


Source: Flight Daily News