All in a day's work

While our 737 has always been the workhorse of the Boeing fleet, some new numbers show the 777 is also putting in a pretty good day’s work.

The more than 60 operators flying the 777 have increased the average number of hours they operate the airplane to more than 12 hours per day. That’s an increase of one hour since the airplane went into service in 1995. The average flight length is now six hours, with nearly 1,900 777 flights taking off every day. The longest range 777, the 777-200LR, now has an average flight length of nine hours and operates 14.3 hours per day.

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The 777-200LR has the longest range of our 777 family.

These numbers speak to both the reliability and capability of the 777. They also show just how valuable this airplane is to our customers.

I was in the 777 factory just last week where our team continues to do amazing things. They’ve creatively met the challenges of going up in rate to meet the demand for this incredibly popular airplane. And they truly do it as a team.

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Members of our 777 team gather to share the plan for the day in Everett.

Twice each weekday in final assembly in a small bullpen, as many as five dozen team leaders, support staff and managers gather for 15 to 20 minutes. It’s a chance for everyone to give their input and talk about the plan for the coming day. Nothing fancy—just pure teamwork. And as these numbers prove— it’s really paying off.

Comments (6)

Michael D. (San Francisco, CA):

The 777 is the most awesome airplane in the world right now. I was working for UA 10 years ago when the "Task Teams" were deployed to Boeing to help design it.

I remember the first time riding on a 777 and the hum of the plane was so cool, so different from any plane I have ever flown on. Maybe UA uses specific engines but whatever, the 777 is a milestone.

(p.s. I will Never give up on my 747's tho....:)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

My favourite is the 777-300ER, and has been that version since the day I saw the pics of the unveiling on November 14, 2002.

It's interesting now, the GE90 fan technology has made its way onto both the 787 and 747-8, as have the nacelle exhaust chevrons first test flown on the QTD2 by the 787 chief test pilot, I think in 2005.

Daniel K (Sydney, NSW, Australia):

Its truly awesome to see the B777 doing so well after being in service all these years, it continues to grow in the number of sales.

Since the B737 is now going ahead with upgraded engines, it would be interesting to find out Boeing's plans for the 777 in the future. Will Boeing design a completely all new plane or apply some upgrades to its engines and fuselage?

Jens (Germany):

I wonder which Airline has the highest utilization among 777 operators. My guess would be Emirates.

John Renavitz (North Brunswick, NJ USA):

My first flight on a 777 was flown by British Airways between Newark, NJ and London. I was attending a business conference and was able to bring my daughter along with me for her first trip outside the US. We also returned on a BA 777. The airplane was fabulous. I had followed its development with great anticipation, and the actual airplane certainly has met its potential. There was a PBS documentary called "Twenty-first Century Jet" which did a really nice job detailing what goes into the design, construction, testing and delivery of a modern day airliner. I watch a DVD of that program every so often. The scenes of the max RTO test and some of the airborne shots are just terrific. Great plane - continued great luck!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States ):

With the 777 spending more time in the air than on the ground in the 24 hour cycle, more money is being made for the airline and the reliability of the 777 is strongly proven. I hope to see an updated version of the 777 soon.

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