The Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) passenger airplane’s
excellent performance during flight testing has led the company to
decide to offer the airplane with higher range and payload
capabilities than originally planned.
Such enhanced capability for the newest 777 family member would be
available for newly-delivered airplanes and as a retrofit option
starting in the fourth quarter of 2004. The enhanced
airplane’s maximum takeoff weight would be 775,000 pounds, up
from 759,600 pounds. Its design range would be 7,705 nautical miles
compared to 7,525 nautical miles.
“The airplane’s performance during flight testing has
been nothing short of outstanding,” said Lars Andersen,
program manager for Boeing 777 Longer Range airplane programs.