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Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:58 pm

Today is 25th anniversary of first service in the skies with 777 Boeing. United Airlines was the very first customer to receive and flew 777. We all can enjoy our many different 777 stories on that aircraft! Congratulations, 777!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:06 pm

I remember it well! N777UA made the first flight, LHR-IAD on #921.

I was on hand at PDX when this aircraft was delivered to UA on 5/15/95!
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:34 pm

N772UA DEN-EWR was my first 777 flight.
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:39 pm

N777UA scheduled to fly EWR-LAX-EWR today.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:55 pm

mmpower12 wrote:
Today is 25th anniversary of first service in the skies with 777 Boeing. United Airlines was the very first customer to receive and flew 777. We all can enjoy our many different 777 stories on that aircraft! Congratulations, 777!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?


Thanks for posting this! The trip7 has been a game changer for UA and commercial aviation at large.

FYI, the video link you posted didn’t work for me when I tried to open it in YouTube. I’d really like to see the video. Let me know if there is another link or even some keywords I could use to find it.

77H
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:58 pm

mmpower12 wrote:
Today is 25th anniversary of first service in the skies with 777 Boeing. United Airlines was the very first customer to receive and flew 777. We all can enjoy our many different 777 stories on that aircraft! Congratulations, 777!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?


Very cool video, thanks for posting it. I lived in London at the time and remember, just 2 years later flying the UA 777 to the NY Area which was operated to EWR (the 3 daily JFK flights were all by then flown with the 767-300ER). The 777 I flew on felt then like an entirely different plane and it was only a few months old at the time. It was interesting that UA opted to fly the 777 on LHR-EWR (UA 907, it was UA 906 on the EWR-LHR segment) as opposed to JFK, but then again, EWR was then a significant base for UA and the 777 that operated the LHR route flew DEN-EWR-LHR. UA would end up flying the 777 to LHR out of JFK years later, as the NYC routes were reduced. By 2007, UA was flying a single 777 on JFK to LHR.

When UA began operations on EWR to LHR using the 777 in 1995 (it replaced I think a 747-SP or other equipment) it was for a short time the only 777 service to the NYC area.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:49 am

When UA sheds this iconic aircraft, it should go into a United Museum...
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:32 am

It was a great aircraft!
 
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Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:22 am

 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:35 am

Got to see N777UA fly right over my house in New Jersey a few minutes after takeoff from EWR yesterday. L/N 7 for the 777 and still going strong.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:44 am

Sucks the way things are... would've been awesome if that ship could've recreated its original flight today.

Doubt it's still gonna be around to do it for the 30th.
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:48 am

friendlyskies22 wrote:
When UA sheds this iconic aircraft, it should go into a United Museum...


United Museum? Is that VCV? :wave:

N777UA should (and most likely) will find its final parking spot at the Udvar-Hazy Center right next to IAD. However I could see the Museum of Flight in Seattle making their case as well. The Boeing 777 did change aviation not only from a design perspective but also what it brought to aviation.

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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:16 am

CaptainObvious1 wrote:
friendlyskies22 wrote:
When UA sheds this iconic aircraft, it should go into a United Museum...


United Museum? Is that VCV? :wave:

N777UA should (and most likely) will find its final parking spot at the Udvar-Hazy Center right next to IAD. However I could see the Museum of Flight in Seattle making their case as well. The Boeing 777 did change aviation not only from a design perspective but also what it brought to aviation.

Captain Obvious.

If a United 747 didn't make it's way to Udvar-Hazy, sadly a United 777 won't. :(
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:16 am

UA has N774UA (#2) N771UA (#3) N773UA (#4) N772UA (#5) and of course, N777UA, which is lucky hull #7!
Boeing offered UA 777 #1 but they declined. :banghead:

She ended up with CX as B-HNL in 2000. She flew for CX a total of 20,519 flights for a total of 49,687 hours. B-HNL was taken out of service by CX on May 2018, and donated to the Pima Aerospace Museum. She landed for the last time at AZ on September 19th, 2018. :biggrin:

I had the honor of seeing B-HNL at EWR many times. I also had the honor of fueling all these early UA 777s throughout my years of service at EWR.
The 777 has been an amazing product which has served the airlines well. I hope the 779X will be just as good. Happy 25th birthday, Triple 7! :birthday:

I only wonder now what will become of N777UA and N774UA. :confused:
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:17 am

B764er wrote:
I had the honor of seeing B-HNL at EWR many times.

Cathay did not fly the 777-200A to EWR. Ever.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:02 am

friendlyskies22 wrote:
When UA sheds this iconic aircraft, it should go into a United Museum...

....in full Battleship Grey
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:19 am

Had the privilege to fly N777UA, many time over the years. Love the 777 as my name here suggests and long may they continue to grace our skies.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:00 am

CaptainObvious1 wrote:
friendlyskies22 wrote:
When UA sheds this iconic aircraft, it should go into a United Museum...


United Museum? Is that VCV? :wave:

N777UA should (and most likely) will find its final parking spot at the Udvar-Hazy Center right next to IAD. However I could see the Museum of Flight in Seattle making their case as well. The Boeing 777 did change aviation not only from a design perspective but also what it brought to aviation.

Captain Obvious.


I was under the impression that the Museum of Flight was supposed to have B-HNL since it was the prototype 777, but declined because they have no space?

Which is why it went to Pima instead.
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:49 am

I used to live near EWR and being an #avgeek since my youth I never tired of driving up and down the NJTPKE and watching the traffic in parallel on maneuvers. Shortly after UA launched 777 service, my wife (now ex) and I went to the NY/NJ Airline Memorabilia Show and Sale. They had a limited time opportunity to go out airside on a controlled tour of the facility, including being out between the runways for the daily arrival from LHR of the wide body. I got some great pictures that day that I'll upload some day to A.NET. (Side note: In late summer 2001 the local "night" school offered a cultural class to see behind the scenes of EWR, including safety ops, Customs & Immigration, etc. We took my Dad to that who was the one who got me into aviation at an early age in PHL. Sadly, those types of experiences shortly thereafter with 9/11).

My first 777 flight was on UA777 (N774UA) from ORD to EWR. I originally booked that itinerary to catch that flight but UA switched up our flights and we were put on something more run of the mill. After checking in, we walked through the terminal to pass the time and lo and behold a UA gate agent was making the last and final call for Newark. Outside the window was the 777. I confirmed with the agent, we had no checked baggage and were repositioned on the type. It was a great experience.

My second flight was a late night CO flight from EWR to IAH for a business trip. I had a whole row to myself on the right side.

My third and final 777 flight was on DL (glad I got that one in) in December 2018, my last business trip of the year and 77th flight in the program year (I live in ATL now, so DL is my carrier of choice). It was LAX to ATL and I got to the airport about three hours early and tracked it inbound from SYD as the restaurants and stores came to life. It was a sad day, a few weeks ago, when the announcement that DL was getting out of the 777 business. I watched a documentary a few months ago on Netflix that had an executive at Airbus referring to the Boeing 777 as the "ATM machine".
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:24 pm

Ziyulu wrote:
It was a great aircraft!


It still is a great aircraft:)
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:45 pm

kiowa wrote:
Ziyulu wrote:
It was a great aircraft!


It still is a great aircraft:)


I purposely used the term "was". It used to have great 2-5-2 seating and now it's 3-4-3.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:46 pm

I don't know the aircrafts registration number was but my first flight on a 777 was on UA in 1997 ORD-MIA (the 6:20pm) departure.

In the years since I have flown on 777/77W with Pratt and Whitney, Rolls Royce, and GE engines. The Pratt and Whitney engines are my favorite the sound those engines make as they come to life on the take off roll is unbeatable. The 77Ws GE engines come in at a distant second place followed by the 77E GE engine. I've flown on AA's 77Es multiple times as well, love you AA but I absolutely hate those Rolls Royce engines. P.S. I hate the GE engines on the 787s they are far to quite on the take off roll.

Long Live Pratt and Whitney, I for sure will miss them when they are gone.
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:38 pm

jayunited wrote:
I don't know the aircrafts registration number was but my first flight on a 777 was on UA in 1997 ORD-MIA (the 6:20pm) departure.

In the years since I have flown on 777/77W with Pratt and Whitney, Rolls Royce, and GE engines. The Pratt and Whitney engines are my favorite the sound those engines make as they come to life on the take off roll is unbeatable. The 77Ws GE engines come in at a distant second place followed by the 77E GE engine. I've flown on AA's 77Es multiple times as well, love you AA but I absolutely hate those Rolls Royce engines. P.S. I hate the GE engines on the 787s they are far to quite on the take off roll.

Long Live Pratt and Whitney, I for sure will miss them when they are gone.



i havent flown on a RR powered 777, but the ones with the GE have a very unique sound at start, idle, and take off!!!

yeah, the 787's with GEnx are too quiet haha, but better for the ears right?? lol
 
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Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:00 am

jayunited wrote:
I don't know the aircrafts registration number was but my first flight on a 777 was on UA in 1997 ORD-MIA (the 6:20pm) departure.

In the years since I have flown on 777/77W with Pratt and Whitney, Rolls Royce, and GE engines. The Pratt and Whitney engines are my favorite the sound those engines make as they come to life on the take off roll is unbeatable. The 77Ws GE engines come in at a distant second place followed by the 77E GE engine. I've flown on AA's 77Es multiple times as well, love you AA but I absolutely hate those Rolls Royce engines. P.S. I hate the GE engines on the 787s they are far to quite on the take off roll.

Long Live Pratt and Whitney, I for sure will miss them when they are gone.

RR engines sound awful. Way too whiny and annoying. I can hear a PW UA 777 in my head I’ve been on them many times. Pratt needs to get back in the wide body business

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