Happy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4358 times:
Took my first flights aboard this version of the Triple Seven last year, YVR-SYD and vice-versa. The big Triple Seven is fast becoming one of my favourite aircraft.
The first distinctive thing I noticed was the very noisy engine start-up - man, that is so neat! That huge, bassy vibration that just rumbles through the entire cabin ... that is so totally cool. The raked wingtips are a nice counterpoint to the omnipresent winglets of today's aircraft. For engines in the 110,000 lb thrust range, I thought they were remarkably quiet on takeoff. The takeoff itself, at full weight, was probably no longer than about 35 seconds. The aircraft climbs smoothly and powerfully. At night, those GE fans put out quite a blurry streak behind the wing; all that heat from the core makes for a really nice visual effect on the passing city lights below. And that dihedral in the wings - wow, it is quite a sight in cruise. Then there is the interesting flap setup: outboard flap extension is quite slight for takeoff; augmenting them however are the outboard ailerons (flaperons?).
All in all, a great airplane. And it's pretty too
I would love to hear some of your favourite 772LR tales.
May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2758 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4283 times:
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I agree about the great airplane and pretty part, but sadly, I've yet to have a chance to ride in one. One day I will, though. Nonetheless I'll get my first experience with the noise the GE90s make when I fly the 77W to Vancouver in December.
ZKOJH From China, joined Sep 2004, 1771 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
I've only been on this aircraft one time so far, from DXB to PEK with EK, and I was very happy, with the flight, the service was great, and the size of the engine's were very big, I noticed that when we were bused out to the aircraft at DXB, I even managed to get a seat over the left hand engine, so I had something to look at all the way. looking forward to flying on it again soon.
SQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1662 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4215 times:
I do! Love the sound of those engines on start up. And love the destinations those birds serve currently. I mean how can you go wrong with SFO, LAX, IAH, GRU, PEK (shopping!!) and SYD! Good memories by association I guess.
I took the onward flight from YVR-YYZ this year. It was nasty weather in YVR, snowy and cold. The 77L arrived just a little late. Then the snow got worse. We boared slightly delayed. Then we were sitting a long time at the gate until we pushed back for de- icing. From the gate to take off took us a little over 2 hours. And then 5 hours flight to YYZ.
I had a lovely window seat in Economy class, but I enjoyed the movie and listening to music and I got some sleep as well.
It was a great flight and I like the 77L the most. It is just a gorgeous aircraft.
Oh yes the engine startup is very noisy! when the spool up ends it sounds like a ginormous version of the way my motorcycle sounds after i rev it up and hear the back pressure . In flight, its very smooth and isnt really affected by turbulence much. But i can see why, at least on EK's 777LR, that people would complain about space in Y. The middle seat shouldnt be there on the window side.