Some planes die in a crash and others retire. The Boeing 777 airplane is touted as one of aviation’s bestselling models used by airlines across the world.
Just a year shy of a quarter of a century, the first 777 flies to a climax to an aerospace museum in Arizona, where it’ll see out its retirement as a top travel attraction.
The prototype 777-200, call sign B-HNL, rolled off the production line in 1994, eventually entering commercial service for Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific airline in 2000.
Boeing is currently working on a new edition of the 777 — the 777-9 is scheduled to take off by 2019. The 777 series is widely acclaimed for bridging the capacity difference between smaller jets and the likes of Boeing’s 747 jumbo
Cathay, one of the first airlines to provide design advice in the Boeing development, added its farewell in a statement.
‘Our 777-200 aircraft has served us exceptionally well over the last two decades, and as we progressively retire these over the months ahead, we eagerly look forward to welcoming the state-of-the-art 777-9 aircraft into our fleet from 2021,’ says Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg.
Others include British Airways, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines and United Airlines
‘Cathay Pacific has been instrumental in the tremendous success of the 777 program,’ Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister said in a statement. ‘The airline contributed greatly to the airplane’s original design and has been one of its biggest ambassadors ever since.’