It is just wonderful to see so many kind words about me, my airline, and my plane.
*Mriihi - I've heard that in the '340 it is consistantly quiet. In the 777 I've noticed that it really depends on where you are seated.
*RayChuang - The 777's runway performance is excellent. I had a fully loaded flight LAX-LHR and we only used about 7,000 ft of the 12,091 of Runway 25R.
*SQA340 - Let me clarify something: Although I LIVE in Denver, I am based in IAD. Which can be a huge hassle at times. Basically, I have to catch a free ride from KDEN to KIAD ever time I have a flight. But I would have a series of flights, and might spend up to 17 days a month there, and the come home to DEN for up to 13 days - off time.
The Training center in DEN is VERY advanced, we've got SOOOO many simulators; its awesome.
*Johnnybgoode - The 777 style interior makes the plane fell like a 747 inside (I think), and with the A340 (don't get me wrong its a great plane) it fells a little more cramped. The 777 is 25 inches wider than the '340.
*Na - ARRRGGGGGG... I KNOW - I KNOW! Boeing made the 777-300 look like a pencil! Oh well - The new '340-600 isn't going to look any better!
*The777Man - Ohhhhhh - Sorry, I'm not driving any of those flights. Where are you going???
*OA269 - Well, flying a twin engined aircraft (from a Airline point of view) that can carry the same amount of people, the same distance (If not further), makes more sense because operating 2 engines is cheaper and more economical then flying a quad - puppy.
777 is more than 10% cheaper to fly than an A340-300.
The 777 was ETOPS certified early due to its FANTASTIC first few months of operation - In which it was more than 98.97% reliable (GE messed that all up jk)
which allowed UAL to (and others) recieve instant ETOPS. UAL's agreement with Boeing was that the 777 would come 'Service Ready' and be able to start on Domestic services for a month, and then jump into ETOPS services over the Atlantic. Boeing made 'simulated flights' using a system called SIL. This system put the aircraft through 400 simulated flights per month, and the engines were great. Any other?'s ?
*Boeing747-400 - Thanks for your kind wishes. I may go from 777 FO to 777 Captain, or I might go to 747-400 FO and then come back to 777 Captain. Or I might go 767-300 Captain, which allows me to go straight up being Captains on the 763, 772, and finally the 744.
Either way I'm really excited.
Thanks again for all your kind words and wishes, and I hope that this has been of help answering your questions. If you DO have any more questions PLEASE JUST ASK. I will be more than happy to help.