Monday December 4, 5:54 pm Eastern Time
Boeing Sells First 777 Off the Line
SEATTLE (AP) -- At long last, the first Boeing 777 has been sold.
The first one to roll off the assembly line, that is.
The plane, completed in April 1994 and designated WA001, is scheduled for delivery to Cathay Pacific of Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The launch customer for the 777 line, United Airlines, began taking deliveries of the twinjet in May 1995, but WA001 remained in Boeing's possession for flight tests, carrying 48 55-gallon water barrels, 34,000 pounds of flight data equipment and 22 racks of computer consoles.
By the time flight testing was completed in April 1997, the plane had logged 1,729 hours in the air and another 1,033 hours in ground tests.
It took another three years to get the plane sold.
Six months ago, Cathay Pacific decided ``WA001 was the best solution for getting an airplane quickly to accommodate our growing number of passengers,'' said Peter Gardner, a U.S.-based vice president of the carrier.
Since then, a Boeing refurbishment team has been preparing the plane, a process that is in some ways more complex than regular assembly, said Mike Heide, leader of Boeing's refurbishment center.
For example, galleys, lavatories and wire bundles are normally installed as whole units through the fuselage before the airplane sections are joined together. With WA001, mechanics had to split the units in half and load them through airplane doorways, then rejoin them on the plane.
Russ Marriman, WA001 program manager, estimated it took about twice as much engineering effort to get the plane ready for Cathay Pacific as to configure a 777 during normal assembly.
Boeing won't disclose the selling price. A new 777-200 has a list price of about $150 million.
CX 4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 129 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1644 times:
WA001 will be delivered to CX on Dec 6 2000 at Everett (I think that's the correct place) and will arrive in HKG on Dec 7. It will be carrying the reg. # B-HNL. Cabin configuration will be the same as B777-300s, details are already available at www.cathaypacific.com, it's also coming with a new seating plan for this aircraft.
The current four B777-200s will start to re-config. from the third quarter of 2001, coming with PTV and 3+3+3 config. too!
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4385 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1511 times:
So, where do the CFM/Snecma powered A340-300s come into play? Your constant criticism of the GE90 engines and the 777X is growing tiresome. If you have actually data from someone at CX that said that or an article please post it.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
CNBC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1465 times:
That's weird. I took a tour of the Boeing plant in Everett in the middle of November and the tour guide said that the Cathay Pacific plane was the first ever 777. I didn't believe her because I thought the first one went to United. I guess I'm just uneducated.
Luckily, I took pictures of it anyway, and now I have pictures of the first 777.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1448 times:
The reason I dislike the GE90 is the way it was designed. I don't like the idea of having the fan blades on this engine made with composites with titanium edges vs. all titanium that are on P&W and RR engines. On the 777X program to have only the GE90 available, if some kind of problem develops with this engine it will slow things down like what happened with the RR RB211 program on the L-1011.