Sat, Feb 07, 2009
Freighter Earns FAA And EASA Approval, First Aussie -300ER
Boeing made two rather significant announcements this week, both
regarding the American planemaker's mainstay 777 widebody
On Friday, the 777 Freighter received its formal stamp of
approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), three
days after the plane earned FAA type certification. FAA and EASA
certification clears the way for the type to begin cargo service.
The first 777 Freighter will deliver to launch customer Air France
later in this quarter.
Boeing also delivered its first-ever 777-300ER to an Australian
airline, with V Australia receiving its first of seven planned
"This 777 completes the circle for guests wanting to fly around
the world on the unique service provided by Virgin Group airlines,"
said Brett Godfrey, CEO of Virgin Group. "The combination of Virgin
service and the 777's passenger appeal will be a winner on the
South Pacific. "We're doubly pleased to be flying the most
fuel-efficient aircraft in its class."
V Australia will use its 300ERs on trans-Pacific flights. V
Australia plans to launch three-class Sydney-Los Angeles non-stop
service on February 27, building to daily flights by March 20.
Brisbane-Los Angeles flights begin April 8.
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