Boeing is beating the drums again for its ultra-long range 777-200LR this week, the first anniversary of the twin jet’s entry into service.
The 777LR’s chief claim to fame is that it can fly farther without stopping – nearly 10,900 miles – than any other commercial airliner.
That makes the 777LR a game changing airplane in that it allows airlines to link most any city in the world with most any other city without stopping at a hub along the way.
Boeing has sold 40 of the planes so far, not bad, but certainly not as many as the company had hoped.
Airlines that have bought the 777LR have established new routes that were largely impossible before the debut of the 777LR or its Airbus rival the A340-600. Among them: Sao Paulo to Dubai on Emirates; New York-Mumbai on Air India.
Several well-traveled routes, New York-Sydney and Sydney-London among them, are still missing from the world’s airlines’ non-stop timetables.
Those routes (New York-Sydney is 9935 miles and Sydney-London, 10,562 miles) are at the fringe of even the 777LR’s range and perhaps more importantly, at the edge of human endurance at 20 or so hours.