AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26 Posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
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.
Here is BA 777-236 G-ZZZA at Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
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.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1162 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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The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1144 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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