Sunday, November 13, 2005

Record Flight for Boeing 777-200LR

This past week, a new aviation milestone was set as Boeing's longest range commercial airliner, the 777-200LR Worldliner, set a new world record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane.

The aircraft flew eastbound non-stop from Hong Kong to London's Heathrow Airport, a distance of 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km). The duration of the flight was 22 hours, 42 minutes.

Pilot-in-command was Capt. Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, who is the 777-200LR project pilot. In the right seat was Capt. Frank Santoni, chief test pilot for the 777 program. Two more pilots rounded out the augmented crew.

Congratulations to the Boeing team!