Moderators: jsumali2, richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
Gerry
Topic Author
Posts: 235
Joined: Sat Jul 03, 1999 2:11 pm

Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:53 am

I flew into Melbourne from KL on Monday the 11th of August on EK 408, a B 777-300 ER. Just before midnight and just west of Adelaide at 37,000 ft I noticed that while we were travelling at the expected M 0.83 the ground speed was actually 1192 km/h with a tailwind of 276 km/h.

Perhaps this is not unusual - it certainly impressed me!

Gerry
 
starbucks
Posts: 1288
Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:29 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:14 am

Apparently the record is 735 kts (1400 km/h-ish)
http://www.groundspeedrecords.com/in...t&view=category&id=445&Itemid=1774
 
User avatar
AirPacific747
Posts: 9718
Joined: Mon May 19, 2008 9:52 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:53 pm

My personal record in the A320 is above 1200km/h G/S
 
DrColenzo
Posts: 155
Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:26 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:50 pm

Mine is around 1150km/h in a 747 somewhere over Siberia travelling from LHR to NRT.

The sight of gas flaring from oiling installations was amazing and will always remain with me.
 
Norcal773
Posts: 1059
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:19 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:26 pm

Mine is on an OZ 747 ICN-LAX doing 727 MPH over the Pacific. We were Hauling Ass and passed an A330 QUICK!
If you're going through hell, keep going
 
covert
Posts: 1528
Joined: Sun Oct 21, 2001 1:02 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:36 pm

While impressive, I doubt that this is a parameter that is closely tracked enough worldwide to create an accurate repository which is necessary to comprise an official record book.
none
 
sandyb123
Posts: 965
Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:29 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:40 pm

I've seen similar ground speeds also on the 777. Basically needs a strong tailwind and aircraft at upper end of cruise speed range and you're covering ground quickly.

Sandyb123
Member of the mile high club
 
morrisond
Posts: 2772
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:22 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:00 pm

My fastest ever flight was on a 727 from Phoenix to Detroit after the Phoenix Grand Prix. We were delayed about 3 hours in departure and the Captain was given the okay to "Put the pedal to the medal" - His words, to make up the lost time.

We were very light - less than 1/3 full and It was a maximum performance takeoff and climb and cruise, the still air distance is 1690 Miles.

We had a major tailwind over 200 miles per hour. I can't remember the exact Groundspeed but I think it was close to or just over 900 MPH, Call it about 1,550KPH. The Captain remarked on the PA that we might have set a record. We were less than 2 hours gate to gate.

The 727 has a Mach .9 max cruise speed, I don't think we went above 25,000 feet where Mach .9 is about 625 MPH.

It's all a little fuzzy as it was so long ago, but the one thing I'm positive on is the less than two hours gate to gate.
 
willyknut
Posts: 44
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:56 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:13 pm

Since most modern jetliners cruise between M0.73 and M0.85 it all depends on the tailwind component. Working as an area controller on the west coast of Norway, I recall windspeeds up to 230 knots around FL300-FL350. Some westbound flights diverted to KEF/BIKF for refueling, whilst eastbounds came along at 700+ knots...
(And just for the record; my all time high is around 1200 knots / 2200 km/h. In Concorde  )
 
dubaiamman243
Posts: 1153
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:00 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:32 pm

Mine is 1097Km/h on an A320
The next airline CEO :crossfingers:
 
User avatar
777222LR
Posts: 370
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:19 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:52 am

Mine was 1208Km/h on a Continental 777 IAH-CDG.
 
User avatar
Francoflier
Posts: 5411
Joined: Wed Oct 31, 2001 12:27 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:42 am

Quoting covert (Reply 5):
While impressive, I doubt that this is a parameter that is closely tracked enough worldwide to create an accurate repository which is necessary to comprise an official record book.

You severely underestimate the vanity of pilots:

http://www.groundspeedrecords.com/

 
I'll do my own airline. With Blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the airline.
 
User avatar
7BOEING7
Posts: 3039
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:28 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:26 am

Quoting morrisond (Reply 7):
The 727 has a Mach .9 max cruise speed, I don't think we went above 25,000 feet where Mach .9 is about 625 MPH.

MMO (Mach Max Operating speed) is .90M -- I guess you could call it the max cruise speed but it must have been a pretty uncomfortable flight.
 
Max Q
Posts: 8505
Joined: Wed May 09, 2001 12:40 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:06 am

Quoting 7BOEING7 (Reply 12):
MMO (Mach Max Operating speed) is .90M -- I guess you could call it the max cruise speed but it must have been a pretty uncomfortable flight.

No reason it would be uncomfortable, unless they ran into turbulence at that speed.
Otherwise, at .8 or .9 Mach the superb 727 was as solid as a rock.


I know because i've flown it at those Mach numbers !
The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.


GGg
 
User avatar
Dalavia
Posts: 455
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:08 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:21 am

On 21st January 2002 my SQ 772 (9V-SQA) was clocking 1290 kmh on a flight from Beijing to Singapore.
 
theaviator380
Posts: 682
Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:44 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:21 am

2 interesting thing I noticed,

1. Good number of records are made in the Asian region of Japan and around. (is there any geographical reason?)

2. Good number of records are done by LH/SQ pilots....does this mean, other pilots either don't record it or not interested?

Thanks.
 
sailas
Posts: 187
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:58 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:30 am

My record was 1148km/h GS on a air france 772ER enroute JFK-CDG.
Airlines been on: AY, LX, SR, OS, SK, KF, EZY, FR, BA, LH, AF, TG, DC, FC, TK, KL, BT, CX, QR
 
sf260
Posts: 284
Joined: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:59 pm

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:21 am

Mine is about 2200km/h or M2.02   
 
b747400erf
Posts: 3165
Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:33 am

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:30 am

Quoting covert (Reply 5):

While impressive, I doubt that this is a parameter that is closely tracked enough worldwide to create an accurate repository which is necessary to comprise an official record book.

Not an official Guinness record but pilots have a lot of downtime sitting in the cockpit.

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos