Boeing has delivered the 900th example of the world’s most popular twin-engine, long-range jetliner, the 777, to an Ethiopian Airlines this week.
The 777 delivered to Ethiopian was Boeing’s -200LR version of the twin-aisle aircraft. The 777-200LR is the world’s longest range airliner. The -200LR is capable of flying more than 10,800 miles non-stop.
The aircraft delivered to Ethiopian is the first of five 777s the airline ordered in 2009.
Ethiopian is the first airline based in Africa to operate the 777-200LR.
Boeing has received orders for 1,165 777s since the plane first was offered in 1990. The first 777 went into commercial service with United Airlines in 1995.
Boeing is now producing five 777s a month at its Everett assembly plant, but the company plans to raise that production rate to seven a month to catch up with demand.
Boeing is also considering whether to update the aircraft to compete with Airbus’s A350-XWB, a composite-bodied plane due to enter service in four years. The A350-XWB overlaps the 777′s size range at the lower end of the 777′s model range.
The 777-200LR carries 301 passengers in a typical mixed class seating configuration. The larger 777-300ER seats 365 in a three-class configuration.