Boeing 777 breaks non-stop flight record

11,664 nautical miles in 22 hours

The Boeing 777 touches down at Heathrow yesterdayA Boeing 777LR (Longer Range) airliner yesterday broke the world record for the longest distance travelled non-stop by a commercial aircraft when it landed at London's Heathrow after a marathon 11,664 nautical mile, 22 hour, 42 minute flight from Hong Kong.

The 777 left Hong Kong at 10.30pm local on 9 November, travelling east across the Pacific and crossing the continental US. It touched down at Heathrow at 1.30pm local yesterday. 777 program manager, Lars Andersen, enthused: "This record-setting distance flight exemplifies the pioneering aviation spirit that has made Boeing a leader in the aerospace industry. The 777 has been a leader in its market ever since it first went into service. The 777-200LR Worldliner continues that market leadership by offering unmatched capability that allows airlines to offer passengers non-stop routes to their destinations."

The first 777-LR is slated for delivery to Pakistan Airlines in 2006, with total orders to 43 airlines standing at around 700. According to the Boeing figures, the 777-200LR variant can carry 301 passengers up to 9,420 nautical miles. There's more on the 777 family at the Boeing website. ®

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