Boeing 777 Breaks Speed and Distance World Record
SEATTLE, April 2, 1997 - Following a record-setting circumnavigation of the world, a Boeing 777-200 landed today at Boeing Field in Seattle, establishing new speed and distance world records for its size and class of airplane.
The 777 carried seven pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association, and Boeing executives and operations personnel -- 23 passengers in all -- aboard the record-setting 41 hour 59 minute flight. Boeing Commercial Airplane Group executive vice president, Richard Albrecht, said: "The 777 is a really magnificent airplane, and this test of its operating capability has exceeded our expectations.
We're extremely pleased with its flawless performance in setting the two world records." The Boeing 777 broke two existing records held by the Airbus A340-211, set when the A340 flew Paris-Auckland-Paris on June 16-18, 1993. During that flight, the A340-211 set the "Great Circle Distance Without Landing" record, traveling 11,814.90 statute miles (19,014.31 km), and it set the record for "Speed Around the World, Eastbound," traveling at an average speed of 789.86 kmh (490.80 mph).
Boeing broke both records, besting the Great Circle Distance Without Landing record by flying from Boeing Field, Seattle, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, covering 12,455.34 statute miles (20,044.20 km).The Speed Around the World, Eastbound record was set by traveling the Seattle-Kuala Lumpur-Seattle route at an average speed of 553 mph (889 kmh). View The Inside Of The Cock-Pit. Once downloaded move your pointer around.
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