American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER: Virtual Tour and Review

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TOURING THE AMERICAN AIRLINES BOEING 777-300ER

Main Cabin Extra

Main Cabin Extra

The Boeing 777-300ER is a long-range, widebody, twin-engine jet airliner that can seat up to 550 passengers, depending on the airline’s particular configuration (most airlines will have the aircraft configured for far fewer passengers; only planes produced for certain Japanese markets in a single-class high-density version will provide the 550 capacity).

The 777-300ER’s GE90-115B turbofan is the world’s most powerful jet engine currently in service and the aircraft has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,690 kilometers).  It can fly 34% farther with a full load of passengers and cargo than the non-extended range 777-300 and fuel burn is 1.4% lower.

Business class, set for dinner

Business class, set for dinner

In size and capacity, the 777-300 (in all forms) is viewed by airlines as a replacement for the older 747s and serves as a bridge between the 767/787 and the 747-8.  It burns one-third less fuel and maintenance costs are roughly 40% lower, compared to the 747-100 and -200.  As of mid-2012, Boeing had delivered 345 777-300ERs to a total of 24 customers, with 267 orders still pending.

From a visual standpoint, the Triple Seven’s distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear bogie, a circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped tail cone.  It is also Boeing’s first fly-by-wire airplane and has the distinction of being the first aircraft ever to be entirely designed using computers.

To increase fuel efficiency and range, the 777-300ER features raked and extended wingtips and extra fuel tanks. It also has a different main landing gear and a reinforced nose gear, plus a strengthened fuselage, wings, empennage, and engine attachments.

AMERICAN AIRLINES 777-300ER CABIN CONFIGURATION

Walk-up bar ceiling

Walk-up bar ceiling

Once inside the Triple Seven, it’s very evident that the aircraft is both new and special.  The first things most passengers notice are the dramatic archway at the entrance as well as the mood lighting.  Just past the entryway is the new walk-up bar.

Greys and wood predominate and the entire airplane has a very sophisticated, clean feel to it.  After entering through door 2L, to the immediate left is the first business-class cabin and, ahead of that, first class.

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