The Boeing 777 is the world’s largest twin-engine long-range airliner. It has a capacity of between 314 and 396 passengers, a flight crew of two, and up thirteen flight attendants. The 777 was the first commercial airliner to be designed entirely with computer-aided design tools. The first 777 rolled of the assembly line on April 9, 1994 and made its first flight on June 12, 1994. United Airlines was the first airline to put the 777 into use in 1995. As of 2018, a total of 1,988 airplanes had been ordered by airlines around the world, making the 777 the most successful long-range twin-engine airliner ever and surpassing the number of Boeing 747s built.
Built by Boeing Aircraft Company at Everett, Washington and rolled out on April 9, 1994, this is the first 777 to be produced. It made the type’s first flight on June 12, 1994 and participated along with other prototypes in the aircraft testing and certification that continued for the next 11 months. The aircraft remained in Boeing’s test fleet until the year 2000 when it was sold to Cathay Pacific Airways. As a part of the sale it was modified to replace its original Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines with Rolls-Royce Trent 884B-17 engines. This is a complex change which required completely replacing the engine pylons. It is the only 777 on which this type of engine change has been made. The plane was delivered to Cathay Pacific in December 2000. It remained in service with the airline until June 2018 when it was retired from service. Recognizing the importance of preserving the first 777, Cathay Pacific and Boeing selected the Pima Air & Space Museum as the permanent home for the aircraft. It was flown to Tucson for display in September 2018.
Cathay Pacific Airways, 2018
Pima Air & Space Museum