Design work for 777-200LR 50% complete

Beoing has delivered 50% of the design work needed for the 777-200LR to its factories and suppliers.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  February 19, 2004

Boeing has completed half the design work for the 777-200LR passenger airplane. The work has now been delivered to Boeing’s factories and suppliers, so they can build the necessary parts, assemblies and tools. The 777-200LR will be the world’s longest-range passenger airplane when it enter service in 2006. "This milestone brings us even closer to building an airplane that will provide non-stop service to almost anywhere in the world," says Lars Andersen, longer-range 777 program manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We have been designing an ultra-long range airplane that uses 20% less fuel per passenger, features 17% more cargo volume, and carries 21 more passengers than the A340-500." Production of the first 777-200LR is scheduled to being in October, and it will leave the factory in the first quarter of 2005. It will then undergo a six-month flight test program, before the first delivery is made in the first quarter of 2006. The aircraft can fly 9280 nautical miles (17,170 kilometres) while carrying 301 passengers in a three-class configuration. It will thereby extend the range of the 777 family by more than 1500 nautical miles (2775 kilometres), enabling new non-stop routes such as Dubai-Los Angeles, Singapore-New York and Dallas-Sydney. The twin-engine aircraft will be powered by a high-thrust derivative of the General Electric GE90 engine that is offered on existing 777s. So far, the Longer-Range 777s (777-300ER and 777-200LR) have accumulated 76 orders from eight customers worldwide. Orders for five 777-200LR airplanes have been booked by two customers.

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