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777: Earliest Days Of Operations  
User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1251 times:

Hello,

British Airways
On its earliest days of 777 operations, British Airways flew on a regular basis the very short LHR-CDG sector, between the introduction and ~1997. Alongside
BA introduced the 777 on Middle-East, one of the market primarily planned for the type within the airline.
This was performed in order to get the required crew training AFAIK.


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Here is BA 777-236 G-ZZZA at Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Air France
Air France, unlike the A340 and 747-400, introduced the aircraft on longer routes: CDG-CAI, CDG-BEY and quite a few training nonr-revenue flights were operated on Châteauroux (French airfield for yet-to-be broken-up-aircraft and crew training for BA, KLM and
other airlines). Also, there are regularly non-revenue operated on small French regional airfield.


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Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines introduced the 777 on ATL-MCO, one of the airline' most popular routes, and AFAIK well-suited for crew training.


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Would anyone have other examples at other airlines about the earliest days of operations, or more information about these above please?



Thank you,

Best regards,
Alain Mengus


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

United's first revenue flight with the 777 was LHR-IAD. One of the requirements for United was that it have ETOPS 180 certification from the beginning. United was involved very intensively in early training and certification flights, 4 of the prototypes were UA ships, so short-haul local training flights weren't neccessary.

Continental first started using the 777 on IAH-LAX and EWR-IAH before starting EWR-NRT and IAH-NRT.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

United Airlines also flew DEN-ORD-IAD and DEN-IAD from the beginning of 777 operations even though the very first flight was the LHR-IAD flight. These are other short flights initially operated by 777 carriers, most of these carriers also operated longer flights right from the start also: China Southern flew CAN-HKG, Korean AIr flew SEL-PUS, Singapore flew SIN-CGK and SIN-KUL, Malaysia flew KUL-SIN, Kuwait Airways flew KWI-CAI, Aeroflot flew SVO-FRA and SVO-LHR and American flew ORD-DFW. This in addition to what already has been mentioned above about British, Delta and Continental. The777Man


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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

I believe that CO also used the 777 initially on its EWR-MCO route, just as it recently flew its new 767-400s on said route before assigning them on international services.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Isn't the IAD-ORD-DEN/IAD-DEN routing do in part b/c they do nightly maintenance at Denver for some of the fleet?


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User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2903 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
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DL also flies (or at least this spring flew) the 777 from ATL to MIA

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2937 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Malaysia Airlines operated its first 777s on routes to Singapore, Bangkok and Penang initially before deploying them to Perth and Brisbane and finally on the long-hauls to Europe.

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