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Old Aug 30, 05, 12:26 pm   #1
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We missed the 10th anniversary of 777 service!

Based on my reply in this thread, I realized that the 10th anniversary of 777 passenger service went unnoticed.

June 7, 1995 - UA921 - LHR-IAD - the first 777 passenger flight.

Somebody should get on the ball in UA's PR department (and somebody should get in trouble!). This is a great excuse to come up with a promotion -- or at the very least, a reason for a news release touting the safety of the aircraft, how UA launched it, participated in the project, was the largest operator of 777s, etc.

I've submitted my resume many times to UA HQ, but I guess they're looking for somebody with big bewbies...oh well.
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I've submitted my resume many times to UA HQ, but I guess they're looking for somebody with big bewbies...oh well.
No, its because you're a White Sox fan
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Old Aug 30, 05, 1:13 pm   #3
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And those 777's have had three generations of F seats - a lot for 10 years!
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Old Aug 30, 05, 1:26 pm   #4
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And those 777's have had three generations of F seats - a lot for 10 years!
3? I think it's just two. Unless you're including the domestic ones...then yes, three.

But the int'l configs -- just two.
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They were delivered with the "Connoisseur Plus" F seats and then converted to suites. For a short time, they had over 60" of pitch with the old seats as they prepared to swap them for the suites.

The 744 went through three - "Connoisseur Plus", then the current 767 three-class F seat, and finally the suite.
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Yep...the 1st gen F class on the 777s was 'funny'....

The seats looked just like the C-cabin, except much wider (2-2-2), and a bit more legroom. I remember flying in row 2 ORD-LHR -- it was funny to see the head of the passenger in row 1. The seat was so wide -- it gave the false impression that the person was as wide as the seat.

Does that make any sense?
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Here are some pics of the old 777 seating:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/060056/L/

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/025359/L/

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/060055/L/
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Egads! No warm nuts for him!
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Does anyone know why the first flight didn't originate in the US?
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Does anyone know why the first flight didn't originate in the US?
I thought it was IAD-LHR. I don't know how to confirm, though.
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I've submitted my resume many times to UA HQ, but I guess they're looking for somebody with big bewbies...oh well.
I'm sure you'll be able to find a position where the size of your ta-ta's aren't a factor in the hiring decision.
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I thought it was IAD-LHR. I don't know how to confirm, though.
I'm pretty sure the first flight was LHR-East coast, because the LHR-East Coast flights are day time, which provided better press coverage. The same pomp couldn't occur on a 9pm departure IAD-LHR.

I spent a few minutes googling, and it was indeed LHR-IAD, #931.
http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers...june/i_ca.html
http://www.boeing.com/commercial/777...ilestones.html

I wanna say that the second and third flights, which operated later that day, were domestic.

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Old Aug 30, 05, 11:44 pm   #13
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Happy 10th anniversary. Interesting pics and factoids.
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Does anyone know why the first flight didn't originate in the US?
I believe all new aircraft (or at least all new Boeing aircraft) make their first revenue flights from outside the US for tax reasons. I think whoever first purchases the plane can skip paying sales tax on it if the plane enters service outside the country.
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And by coincidence, this is from today's ATW newsbrief:

http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=2232
United outsources 777 heavy checks to Ameco Beijing
Wednesday August 31, 2005

United Airlines awarded a five-year contract covering all of its 777 heavy airframe maintenance to Ameco Beijing, the 60/40 joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa. Value of the deal was not supplied. More than 50 heavy maintenance visits are planned for the first three years, with as many as 80 over the contractual period. Work begins in October with five aircraft nose-to-tail, Ameco said. United's 777 fleet numbers 53 aircraft of which 52 are in service, according to Airclaims data.

As part of the transaction, Ameco will create an IT interface with United for "e-documents, human resources data, invoicing processes and other real-time data services." Ameco had revenue of RMB1.6 billion ($197.6 million) in 2004.
The figure about 52 of 53 of UA's 777s being in service is interesting -- I was under the impression that a bunch of them (in particular the ones needing D checks) were parked in the desert.
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