Boeing began major assembly of the first 777-200 increased-gross-weight (IGW) version on 20 February. The aircraft will be rolled out in the middle of this year, before delivery to British Airways in early 1997. The 777-200IGW has a take-off weight of 286,900kg and a range of 13,400km (7,230nm), compared with the standard -200's 247,210kg maximum weight and 9,120km range. An additional 52,000litres of fuel is to be accommodated in the wing centre section of the wing. The aircraft will be powered by General Electric, Pratt & Whitney or Rolls-Royce turbofans rated at 400kN (90,000lb).

Source: Flight International