Apart from a couple of bird strikes, and bird ingestions (EK 773, MH
772, probably others) a tailstrike (Saudi 772), cockpit fires (UA 772), cracked windscreens (AF, UA
772), and some damage from contact with other objects on the ground (KE 772, UA
772) - i am amazed how the 777 has such an awesome safety record, and how it has not suffered a major accident.
Of all the new FBW, or near FBW "Third Gen" types (747-400, 767-400, 777-200, 777-300, A330, A340, A32X, MD11, 737NG) how few accidents there have been.
By my reckoning the total hull-losses are as follows:
MD11: Mandarin Airlines, Korean, Fed-Ex (2), Swissair.
747-400: China Airlines, Singapore Airlines
A340: Air France
A32X: Air France, Lufthansa, Phillipines
Of the Airbus losses, i think we can discount the Sri Lankan and Malaysian losses as circumstantial.
Point is: of the above - how many can you say were down to the aircraft themselves, and not pilot error etc?
I'd say, having had a look on air safety network, and i'd say that the MD11, and the very early AF
A320 were the only ones that you could honestly say were the fault of a design fault with the aircraft - all the others were not to do with the aircraft, but the crew instead.
Considering the time these aircraft have been in service 1985 (A320) 1989 (744), 1992 (MD11), 1994 (a340), 1995 (777) - that represents a hell of a safety record.
The previous generation of aircraft (737 Classic, 757, 767 classic, 747 classic, dc10, BaC1-11, Tristar, 727-200 etc) had nothing like as good a reocrd - good certainly, but not as good as the current generation.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???