One Of The "Most Memorable Aviation Records Of 2005"
At an awards ceremony
Friday, the National Aeronautics Association named the
record-setting distance flight of the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner
as one of the most memorable aviation records of 2005. The
777-200LR record flight was among eight achievements in aviation,
chosen from more than 100 records set in the United States last
year, honored by the NAA at an awards ceremony Friday evening in
As Aero-News reported in November
2005, the 777-200LR (Longer Range) set a new world
record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial jetliner,
flying from Hong Kong to London... eastbound... for a total
distance of 11,664 nautical miles.
"The 777-200LR is revolutionizing the way people fly with its
unmatched range, providing more opportunities for nonstop travel
between more city pairs around the world," said Lars Andersen, vice
president -- program manager, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "The airplane is more fuel efficient than the
competition and can carry more people farther."
On its record flight, the 777-200LR took off from Hong Kong the
evening of November 9, and flew over the North Pacific Ocean,
across North America, and then over the mid-North Atlantic Ocean.
The airplane landed at London Heathrow Airport the afternoon of
November 10, after logging 22 hours and 42 minutes for the
"We had a great team that devoted months of work to prepare for
this flight and make it a tremendous success," said Capt. Suzanna
Darcy-Hennemann, the project pilot leader for the 777-200LR record
flight. "For my colleagues and me it was the flight of a career. We
won't have another opportunity to do this again."
The first two 777-200LRs -- including the airplane that set the
world record -- were delivered to launch customer Pakistan
International Airlines, which currently operates the airplane on a
route from Karachi to Toronto.
The 777-200LR is the fifth and newest model of the 777 family.
As the world's longest-range commercial jetliner, it can connect
virtually any two cities in the world nonstop.
To date, Boeing has sold 827 777s, and has delivered 556 to 46
airlines and lease operators around the world.