First and foremost, the 777 is market-driven. It combines ultra-long range capabilities, class-leading comfort, class-leading climb and cruise performance, and cutting-edge technology into a winning package. The 777 cruises at Mach .84, which can mean 20 to 30 minutes' difference on a 10 hour flight, compared to the competition.
The 777 is beautiful and graceful. Its nose is more smoothly raked than that of the 767, and its fuselage diameter seems very well proportioned to its length. Its vast wings curve up gracefully in flight, and the 777 appears to float smoothly toward earth on approach.
The 777 is the most comfortable aircraft I have ever flown in, and I've flown in a lot. Its cabin aesthetics are much more pleasing than older Boeing aircraft or the current offerings of the competition. It seems much roomier and more spacious than anything else in the skies. That's why passengers prefer it 3 to 1 over everything else.
The 777 is quality. From the "no-slam can" that won't wake up sleeping passengers to the small steps on the side of the seats for short customers to reach the overhead bins to the folding wings that are available, Boeing paid attention to the little details.
The 777 is the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the skies. It combines the precision of fly by wire technology with the important safety consideration of "keeping the pilot in the loop" by being equipped with a yoke connected to actuators that produce artificial mechanical feedback.
The 777 is a joy to fly. Three of our closest family friends are 777 pilots, two at United, one at Delta. All three say that the 777 is the "funnest" widebody to fly, and is most definitely the finest commercial aircraft flying the skies. One of them is still relatively junior for 777 pilots and says he will spend the rest of his days at UAL flying the 777.
The 777 is a proven success. The 777 operators list is a veritable who's who of the world's leading airlines. United, British Airways, Delta, Singapore, Continental, Cathay Pacific, Air France, All Nippon, American, to name but a few.
So that's pretty much why I think the 777 is so awesome. I wish so much that I would get to see a 777 in the colors of my airline, Air Canada. Unfortunately, that probably won't happen anytime soon. Nothing against the 340. It's a fine aircraft. But I think that the Boeing 777 is the finest commercial aircraft in the history of aviation.
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