Boeing 777 Spotting Guide


Emirates Boeing 777-31H, Registration Number A6-EMVEmirates Boeing 777

The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

It is the world's largest twinjet and has a typical seating capacity for 314 to 451 passengers, with a range of 5,235 to 9,500 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,594 km).

Commonly referred to as the "Triple Seven", its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, fully circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped, sawed-off tail cone.

Boeing 777 Background and Development

As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, the 777 has computer-mediated controls. It was also the first commercial aircraft to be designed entirely with computer-aided design.

The 777 first entered commercial service with United Airlines on June 7, 1995. It has received more orders than any other wide-body airliner; as of May of 2017, 1,490 have been delivered.

777-200, 777-300 and 777F

The 777, sometimes called the "Worldliner", is currently produced in two fuselage lengths:

  • The original 777-200 variant entered commercial service in 1995, followed by the extended-range 777-200ER and long-range 777-200LR.
  • The stretched 777-300, which is 33.25 ft (10.1 m) longer, followed in 1998. Also, the 777-300ER has been an extremely popular model with world airlines.

Boeing has also delivered 130 units of the 777F freighter, based on the 777-200LR. It has a maximum payload of about 225,000 pounds and a range of 4,970 miles.

Boeing 777X Family: 777-8 and 777-9

Boeing announced the next generation of the 777 in 2013: The 777X. It will include two models, the 777-8 and 777-9, and feature improvements using 787 technology, composite wings with folding wingtips, improved GE9X engines, larger windows and more interior comfort for passengers.

The 777-9 will have a fuselage length of 250' 11", exceeding the 250' 2" length of the Boeing 747-8, currently the world's longest airliner.

As of mid-2017, it is reported that Boeing has received firm orders on over 325 of the 777X airliners. First deliveries are anticipated for 2020.

The 777X jetliners will be built at Boeing's Everett plant. Production lines are being modified to continue assembly of the 777-200 and 777-300 while ramping up assembly processes for the 777X.

Boeing 777 Spotting Tips

A side-by-side comparison of the Boeing 777-200 (top) and Boeing 777-300 (below). The Boeing 777-200 has 4 exit doors, while the 777-300 has 5 doors.

Also seen in the chart are other design characteristics of the 777: the 12-wheel main landing gear, overly large engines, no winglets, and the flat APU exhaust at the rear of the fuselage.

Spotting tips for the Boeing 777-200 and 777-300

The Boeing 777 undercarriage featuring its dual 6-wheel main landing gear. The Airbus A350-1000 uses a similar configuration.
The Boeing 777 undercarriage featuring its unique dual 6-wheel main landing gear

A comparison of the Boeing 777 (top) and Boeing 767 (bottom), both from All Nippon Airlines
Spotting tips for comparing the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777

Shown below is a comparison of the fuselage nose configuration of a Boeing 777 (top) and Boeing 767 (below), both in British Airways livery. The top "slant" of the fuselage is more flattened on the 777.
Comparison of the fuselage nose of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777

Boeing 777-200 Photographs

Boeing 777-200 of Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines Boeing 777-200

American Airlines Boeing 777-200
American Airlines Boeing 777-200

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200
Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200

Boeing 777-200
Boeing 777-200 making a landing approach

Boeing 777-300 Photographs

Emirates Boeing 777-31H, Registration Number A6-EMV
Emirates Boeing 777-31H, Registration Number A6-EMV

Boeing 777-300 of Eva Air on approach at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Boeing 777-300 of Eva Air on approach at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Qatar One World Boeing 777-300
Qatar One World Boeing 777-300

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER Registration A6-EBT at Warsaw Airport
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER Registration A6-EBT

Boeing 777 Freighter

Boeing 777F freighter (photo courtesy of the Boeing Company)
Boeing 777 freighter

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