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Development of the 777 began in 1990 when British Airways along with All Nippon Airways, American Airlines,al Cathay Pacific, Delta, United Airlines, QANTAS and Japan Airlines became involved with Boeing in consultation to decide the design specification for a new aircraft to bridge the capacity gap between the 767 and the 747.
British Airways was quick to order the type initially ordering five “A market” models and twenty four of what were initial designated “B market” but later became “ER” variants. BA became the first operator of the ER model in 1997. The initial 777 deliveries were with General Electric GE90 engines, a break from the traditional BA choice for Rolls Royce engines. This was tied into the deal where General Electric had bought the BA Engine Overhaul facility in South Wales.
Registrations for the initial ER aircraft in the G-
In 1999 three 777s (G-
The second wave of 777 orders in 1998 for delivery from 2000 were for aircraft with
the new Rolls Royce Trent 895 engines. These aircraft were also fitted with crew
bunks allowing the 777 to embark on longer range missions. These aircraft are registered
in the G-
BA were the first airline to have suffered a 777 hull-
In current service the 777 fleet is allocated to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports and operated in both three class (Club World/World Traveller Plus/World Traveller) and four class (First/Club World/World Traveller Plus/World Traveller) configurations. The aircraft see service across the longhaul network serving the Middle East, Far East, North America nd South America.
All four class aircraft have the 2010 “New First” cabin and the G-
(Routes flown in the last 30 days including positioning, test and training flights)