Seattle (BOEING) - The National Aeronautics Association has named the record-setting distance flight of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] 777-200LR Worldliner as one of the most memorable aviation records of 2005. The 777-200LR record flight was among eight achievements in aviation, chosen from more than 100 records set in the United States last year, honored by the NAA at an awards ceremony Friday evening in Arlington, VA.
"The 777-200LR is revolutionizing the way people fly with its unmatched range, providing more opportunities for nonstop travel between more city pairs around the world," said Lars Andersen, vice president -- program manager, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The airplane is more fuel efficient than the competition and can carry more people farther." On its record flight, the 777-200LR took off from Hong Kong the evening of Nov. 9 flying over the North Pacific Ocean, across North America, and then over the mid-North Atlantic Ocean. The airplane landed at London Heathrow Airport the afternoon of Nov. 10 after logging 22 hours and 42 minutes for the flight.
"We had a great team that devoted months of work to prepare for this flight and make it a tremendous success," said Capt. Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, the project pilot leader for the 777-200LR record flight. "For my colleagues and me it was the flight of a career. We won't have another opportunity to do this again."
The first two 777-200LRs, including the airplane that set the world record, were delivered to launch customer Pakistan International Airlines, which currently operates the airplane on a route from Karachi to Toronto.
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