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[INGLÊS] Primeiro Boeing 777 irá para o Museum of Flight

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Apesar de falar da introdução do Boeing 777-300, no último parágrafo fala do primeiro Boeing 777-200 da história e seu retorno à Seattle.

 

POINTS IN TIME: CATHAY PACIFIC’S FIRST BOEING 777-300

 

Two decades ago, Cathay Pacific received its first Boeing 777-300. It’s been the backbone of the airline ever since, says Phil Heard

By Phil Heard May 24, 2018

The twin-engined Boeing 777 aircraft has become the bedrock of the Cathay Pacific regional and long-haul fleet – in fact, you could be flying in one right now.

In the 1990s, Cathay Pacific was one of eight airlines to provide input for the 777 at the design stage, which gave it a unique opportunity to specify and refine the aircraft’s features to suit its needs.

Among the requests were a cabin cross-section similar to the 747 Jumbo Jet, capacity for at least 325 passengers, a modern ‘glass’ cockpit, fly-by-wire (where the flight deck controls send electrical impulses to the mechanics that operate the control surfaces on the wings and tail) and, crucially, lower operating costs.

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The result was one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever built. The 777’s twin engines translated into a 33 per cent fuel saving against the early generation four-engined Boeing 747 ‘classics’ and lower maintenance costs, too.

This combination made the 777 a popular commodity in the aviation industry. To date, more than 1,500 aircraft have been manufactured. The first iteration, the 777-200, was delivered to United Airlines in 1995. Cathay Pacific’s place in the record books was to follow three years later, when it received the first 777-300, which was essentially the ‘stretch’ version of the -200.

The 777-300 was 10 metres longer than the -200, making it the longest aircraft in the world at the time of its debut, surpassing the Boeing 747-400 Jumbo – by far the biggest airliner at the time – by three metres. The extra length brought extra seats and extra cargo capability, which meant extra revenue.

Registered B-HNH, the first 777-300 was handed over to Cathay Pacific in a special ceremony at Boeing Field, near Seattle, on 21 May 1998. Two days later, 39 passengers – including members of the press and the then chairman, Peter Sutch, – flew her home to Hong Kong on the delivery flight.

Before entering service, the aircraft was the centrepiece of an open day for 1,000 employees and local residents who got to explore the flight deck and the cabins. Every seat had a personal TV, which was a new and exciting development at the time. Following the event, B-HNH made her inaugural commercial flight to Osaka on 1 June. Today, she operates two cabins with 42 seats in Business and 356 in Economy.

This is a story of firsts and lasts. Cathay Pacific went on to own and operate the original prototype Boeing 777-200 – B-HNL, which retires this year after 18 years of service. On retirement, she will take her place in the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field – fittingly the same place where the first Boeing 777-300 was handed over.

http://discovery.cathaypacific.com/points-time-cathay-pacifics-first-boeing-777-300/

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Não sei de quem foi a iniciativa mas imagino que a Boeing tenha comprado a aeronave de volta.

 

Muito legal ver o primeiro 777 produzido agora eternizado em um museu depois de 18 longos anos de serviços prestados.

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Não sei de quem foi a iniciativa mas imagino que a Boeing tenha comprado a aeronave de volta.

 

Muito legal ver o primeiro 777 produzido agora eternizado em um museu depois de 18 longos anos de serviços prestados.

Em quantos anos de serviço, será que um avião desse porte se paga ? Pois nem sempre o voo está lotado, e há épocas de grandes descontos também.

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Será que o B-HNL voltará a ter motores PW, como bos seus tempos de Boeing?

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Em quantos anos de serviço, será que um avião desse porte se paga ? Pois nem sempre o voo está lotado, e há épocas de grandes descontos também.

Não sei do 777, mas o 787-800 segundo documentário da Boeing que assisti custaria cerca 5 mil dólares por ciclo.

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E por onde andarão os primeiros B777 DA America Latina? Ex-Varig.

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VRA está parado

VRB está com a Austrian

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Tenho uma duvida, como é considerado a idade ou a orden de saida da fábrica das aeronaves? Por MSN ou LN?

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