It just hit me that seven years ago this month, I was part of Boeing history. On November 9, 2005, I was lucky enough to be on a 777-200LR that broke the non-stop distance record for commercial airplanes.
The 777-200LR lands at London Heathrow Airport after setting a world record on Nov. 10, 2005.
That flight from Hong Kong to London spanned 11,664 nautical miles. There were only 35 people on board—so we got to know each other very well. To avoid going stir crazy, we passed the time by playing games and even doing group stretching exercises.
The 777-200LR gets a water cannon salute after setting a world record.
When we finally landed some 22 hours and 42 minutes later, I was in a daze after flying over the North Pacific Ocean, across North America, and then over the mid-north Atlantic Ocean. But I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.
By the way, music superstar Rihanna just wrapped up her own 777 world tour. She flew on a Delta 777 as she made stops in 7 cities in 7 days (Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, New York)—to mark the release of her 7th studio album in 7 years.
Rihanna during her 777 world tour. Courtesy of Rihanna’s Facebook page.
Rihanna’s 777 tour— custom bags. Courtesy Rihanna’s Facebook page.
The 777 continues to generate incredible excitement now— and no doubt that excitement will grow in the future.