Boeing will deliver the first 777-200LR prototype tomorrow to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Boeing vice president of product development Dan Mooney confirmed here yesterday. Three weeks ago the world’s longest-range airliner received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Air Safety Administration approval after two flight test airplanes completed 886 flight hours on 328 flights, and 318 ground test hours.
The Worldliner, as Boeing calls its latest 777, broke the world record for the longest nonstop flight by a commercial airplane in November 9, when it flew 13,422 miles from Hong Kong to London in 22 hours and 43 minutes.
So far the 200LR has drawn firm orders for 36 examples from PIA, EVA Air, Emirates, Air Canada and Air India. Based on the –200LR, the 777 Freighter has drawn orders for 23 units. Boeing plans to certify that airplane and deliver the first example to launch customer Air Francein the third quarter of 2008.