The first Boeing 777 will be parked permanently at a museum, following its retirement from commercial service with operator Cathay Pacific in May.
In a statement, the carrier states that the aircraft, registered B-HNL (MSN 27116), will be flown from Hong Kong on 18 September to Tucson-based Pima Air & Space Museum, where it will be displayed permanently alongside 350 other aircraft.
The aircraft first flew on 12 June 1994 and was used as a testbed until 2000, where it joined Cathay Pacific. During the 18 years in service, B-HNL operated 20,519 flights and recorded 49,687 flying hours.
Flight Fleets Analyzer indicates that the aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 877 engines, was delivered to the airline in December 2000, configured with 335 seats across two classes: 42 in business and 293 in economy.
Cathay says it was one of the few airlines to provide Boeing input on the 777 at a design stage. Requests at that time included a cabin cross-section similar to the 747s, a modern glass cockpit, fly-by-wire system, and lower operating costs.
Fleets Analyzer indicates that Cathay now operates 69 Boeing 777s in three variants: -200s, -300s, and -300ERs. It also has orders for 21 777-9s.
"As the world’s very first 777, B-HNL holds a very special place in the history of both our airline and that of commercial aviation, and we are very pleased it will soon bring enjoyment to enthusiasts at its new home in Arizona," says Cathay's chief executive Rupert Hogg.
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