The Boeing 777-200ER is an improved version of 777-200 airliner modified shrinking passenger seating capacity to reach an extended range while maintaining the remaining 777-200 characteristics.
The 777-200ER ("ER" for Extended Range), is also the B-market version of the -200 and this aircraft was originally known as the 777-200IGW for its improved gross weight.
Boeing offers Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) package to new-built and existing 777 passenger airplanes. EFB gives technology benefits for safe, efficient and secure operations.
It consist of an onboard performance tool that permits the pilot to immediately calculate the ideal speed and engine setting for an airplane, on any runway, in any weather condition, with any payload.
To meet customer needs and improve the flying experience, Boeing continues to improve the 777 family with new models of extended range aircrafts.
The original Boeing 777-200 model first goes into service in 1995, followed by the extended range 777-200ER in 1997;
The Boeing -200ER first flew on October 7, 1996, received FAA and JAA certification on January 17, 1997, and entered service with British Airways on February 9, 1997. Offering greater long-haul performance, the variant subsequently became the most widely ordered model of the aircraft.
In addition, EFB includes the award-winning Jespersen Airport Moving Map application which merges geo-referenced airport taxi charts, high-fidelity and precise navigational signals to show flight crews exactly where they are on the surface of an airport.
EFB was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October 2003 at the same time the first commercial unit was delivered to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on the carrier’s first 777.
Entered service in February 1997
The most common variant used worldwide is the Boeing 777-200ER, with 412 aircraft delivered, and Emirates operates the largest 777 fleet, with 78 aircraft.
The airliner has had one hull-loss accident, with no passenger fatalities, attributed to a Trent 800 engine fuel component as of October 2009.
After the initial model, Boeing developed the 777-200ER, an increased gross weight variant with greater range and payload ability.
On April 2, 1997, a Malaysia Airlines -200ER named "Super Ranger" broke the great circle "distance without landing" record for an airliner by flying eastward from Boeing Field, Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, a distance of 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 km), in 21 hours and 23 minutes.
Following the introduction of the -200ER, Boeing turned its interest to an extended version of the airliner. So, that being said, on October 16, 1997, the Boeing 777-300 made its first flight.
The first delivery to Air France took place on April 29, 2004.
Also the Boeing 777-300ER tried to combined the -300’s added capacity with the -200ER’s range, becaming the top-selling 777 variant, gaining orders as airlines changed comparable four-engine models with twinjets because of their lower operating costs.
The Boeing 777 program was launched in 1990 with an order from United Airlines and entered airlines service in 1995.
The aircraft is currently available in five models: 777-200, 777-200ER (Extended Range), 777-200LR (Longer-Range), 777-300 and 777-300ER.
|Model||First Order||Rollout||First Flight||Certification||First Delivery||In Service||First Airline in service||Last Delivery|
|777-200ER||06/14/91 (go ahead 10/29/90)||9/3/96||10/07/96||01/17/97||02/06/97||02/09/97||British Airways|
Boeing 777-200ER Exterior
The 777 is available in six models: the 777-200; 777-200ER (Extended Range); a larger 777-300; two new longer-range models, the 777-300ER and 777-200LR (the world’s longest range commercial airplane); and the Boeing 777 Freighter.
The 777 was also offered with optional folding wings where the outer 6m/21ft of each would fold upwards for operations at space restricted airports.
The basic 777-200 as launched in October 1990 was offered in two versions, the basic 777-200 (initially A-Market) and the increased weight longer range 777-200IGW (Increased Gross Weight, initially B-Market).
The IGW has since been redesignated 777-200ER.
Wingspan 199 ft 11 in (60.9 m)
Other changes include 2m (6.5ft) raked wingtips, new main landing gear, structural strengthening and optional overhead crew and flight attendant rest stations above the cabin. The 777-200LR was launched in 2000, but is now delayed until 2006.
The stretched 777-300 is described separately.
The Boeing 777-200ER features additional fuel capacity and an increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) over the -200. Aimed at international airlines operating transatlantic routes, the -200ER’s maximum range is 7,700 nautical miles (14,300 km). In addition to breaking the eastbound great circle "distance without landing" record, the -200ER also holds the record for the longest ETOPS-related emergency flight diversion (177 minutes under one engine), on a United Airlines flight carrying 255 passengers on March 17, 2003, over the Pacific Ocean.
The first -200ER was delivered to British Airways on February 6, 1997. As of February 2010, -200ER deliveries to 33 different customers numbered 412, ranking the -200ER as the best-selling variant of the twinjet to date. As of July 2009, 407 aircraft were in airline service. The competing aircraft from Airbus is the A340-300.
|Length||209 ft 1 in (63.7 m)|
|Wingspan||199 ft 11 in (60.9 m)|
|Tail height||60 ft 9 in (18.5 m)|
|Cabin width||19 ft 3 in (5.87 m)|
|Fuselage width||20 ft 4 in (6.20 m)|
|Maximum cargo capacity||5,720 cu ft (162 m3) 32× LD3|
|Empty weight, operating||304,500 lb (138,100 kg)|
|Maximum landing weight||470,000 lb (213,180 kg)|
|Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW)||656,000 lb (297,550 kg)|
Boeing 777-200ER Interior
|typical 301 (3-class)|
Boeing 777-200ER Avionics
Boeing’s advanced widebody 777 twin incorporates more advanced technologies than any other previous Boeing airliner, and has been progressively developed into increasingly longer range developments.
The Boeing 777 is the first aircraft to be fully digitally designed using 3D computer graphics eliminating the need for costly full-scale mock-ups. The result is an aircraft larger than all other twin-engine and tri-engine aircraft and smaller than Boeing 747 aircraft while aimed at the medium and long range markets and bringing the low-costs benefits owned by twin-engine aircraft.
Notable 777 design features include a unique fuselage cross section, Boeing’s first application of fly-by-wire, an advanced technology glass flightdeck with five liquid crystal displays, comparatively large scale use of composites (10% by weight), and advanced and extremely powerful engines.
Boeing 777-200ER Engine
Boeing has revised the strut limitation of the 777-200ER, permiting powerplant manufacturers to give a higher level of available engine thrust, having improved payload performance from hot/ high and restricted runways.
The Boeing 777-200ER has:
- Two 374kN (84,000lb) PW4084s;
- or 378kN (85,000lb) GE90-85Bs;
- or 373kN (84,000lb) Trent 884s;
- or 400kN (90,000lb) class PW4090s, GE90-90B1s;
- or Trent 890s;
- or 409kN (92,000lb) GE90-92Bs.
US industrial sources say Boeing has raised the engine strut rating from its earlier maximum of 400kN (90,000lb) thrust to a ceiling of about 423kN.
The re-rated strut will allow Boeing to offer airlines higher thrust engines for its latest version of the 777-200ER.
Both engines makers companies, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, can offer powerplants on the 777 producing over 400kN.
P&W is developing the 436kN PW4098 for the stretched -300. A rerated version could be offered on the -200ER.
Thrust (×2) - RR: 95,000 lbf (410 kN)
R-R is believed to be offering a 416kN version of its 400kN Trent 892. The virtually identical Trent 895 requires a simple change to the engine data plug.
Thanks to a new wing design, more efficient and powerful PW4000 or Trent 800 engines, and lighter structures, the 777-200ER is a fuel-efficient airplane.
Fuel savings permit to offer lower prices to airlines’ customers while reducing environmental impact.
The Boeing 777 is larger than all other twinjet (two engines) or trijet (three engines) airplane. This aircraft is capable of seating more passengers than other models, but seating fewer people than the 747.
|Typical cruise speed||0.84 Mach (560 mph, 905 km/h, 490 knots) at 35,000 ft (11,000 m) cruise altitude|
|Maximum cruise speed||0.89 Mach (590 mph, 950 km/h, 512 knots) at 35,000 ft (11,000 m) cruise altitude|
|Maximum range||7,700 nmi (14,260 km)|
|Takeoff run at MTOW ISA+15 MSL||11,600 ft (3,536 m)|
|Maximum fuel capacity||45,220 US gal (171,160 L)|
|Service ceiling||43,100 ft (13,140 m)|
|Engine (×2)||PW 4090; RR 895; GE90-94B|
|Thrust (×2)||PW: 90,000 lbf (400 kN); RR: 95,000 lbf (410 kN); GE: 94,000 lbf (410 kN)|
Boeing 777-200ER Safety
On June 14, 1991, British Airways ordered the 777-200ER (Extended Range). Boeing rolled out the airplane from the Everett, Wash., factory on Sept. 3, 1996, and delivered it to launch customer British Airways on Feb. 6, 1997. British Airways entered it into service on Feb. 9, 1997.
Boeing took its first 777-300 order on June 14, 1995, from Cathay Pacific Airways. The airplane rolled out on Sept. 8, 1997, and was delivered to Cathay Pacific on May 21, 1998. Cathay Pacific entered the 777-300 into service on May 27, 1998.
In March 2005, Air New Zealand (ANZ) signed for the EFB to be placed on its eight Boeing 777-200ERs and two 787s. Air Malaysia was the first carrier in Asia/Pacific region entitled to use the EFB. In January 2006 Aeromexico announced was going to install Class 3 EFB on two new 777-200ER airplanes.
On December 17, 2004 Boeing confirmed the execution of an option from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for two other Boeing 777-200ER jetliners to be offered during the first quarter of 2006. In early 2006 KLM improved an existing order for three Boeing 777-200ERs to three Boeing 777-300ERs.
First Airline in service - British Airways
On 26 January 2005, Thai Airways International (THAI) ordered six Boeing 777-200ER jetliners, being powered by Rolls Royce Trent 800 engines (Trent 892B model) valued at $1.1 billion. Deliveries were programmed to begin in August 2006 and continue into October 2007.
On 14 June 2005, International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) placed an order for 20 Boeing Next-Generation 737-700s/-800s, six 777-300ERs, and two 777-200ERs. All together were valued at $2.9 billion. The Boeing 737 airplanes were slated for delivery during 2008 and the 777s deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2006 extending into 2008.
TAAG Angola Airlines and Boeing made public an agreement for the purchase of two Boeing 777-200ER airplanes and four 737-700s valued at $650 million on 18 July 2005.
The agreement included options for one additional 777-200ER and two 737-700s that could add up to $340 million to the final contract value. The firm order aircraft were planned to be delivered throughout 2006 beginning in July.
Austrian Airlines and Boeing agreed on the purchase of one B777-200ER powered by GE90 engines on 6 October 2005. The airplane was valued at $181 million and was scheduled for delivery in late 2006. This order was replacing a cancelled contract for 737 airplanes from the Austrian carrier.
Kenya Airways signed for its fourth Boeing 777-200ER and took an option for a fifth aircraft on November 15, 2005. The 777-200ER was slated for delivery in 2007.
Boeing and Israeli carrier El Al Airlines finalized a purchase agreement December 13, 2005 for two Boeing 777-200ER airliners valued at $362 million. Aircraft deliveries were scheduled for 2007. Rolls Royce Trent 892 engine was selected to power those aircraft.
Boeing 777-200ER Records
Since its inception, the 777 has established many distance and speed records including: On April 2, 1997, the 777-200ER (Extended Range) in Malaysia Airlines livery set a new Great Circle Distance Without Landing record—flying 12,455.34 miles (20,044.20 kilometers) from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The airplane continues back to Seattle on its record-setting circumnavigation of the world at an average speed of 553 mph, setting a new speed world record at the time for its size and class of airplane.
Pricing and Cost
In 2008 the price for the Boeing 777-200ER was between $ 205.5 - 231.0 million.