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Old November 10th, 2005, 05:52 PM   #121
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Boeing Jet Attempts Record Nonstop Flight

By WILLOW DUTTGE, Associated Press Writer

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A Boeing Co. jet took off Wednesday from Hong Kong to try breaking the record for the longest nonstop flight by a commercial jet — a trip that involves flying over the Pacific Ocean and North America before landing in London.

"We plan to smash the current record," said Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, one of the four pilots of the 777-200LR Worldliner, one of Boeing's newest planes.

The flight was expected to take about 23 hours and cover more than 12,586 miles, a Boeing statement said.

The plane will have 35 passengers and crew, including Boeing representatives, journalists and customers.

Plans are for the jet to fly farther than a Boeing 747-400 that flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney in 1989, the company said.

The record-breaking attempt is part of Boeing's fierce competition with its European rival, Airbus SAS. The Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner was designed to compete directly with the popular Airbus 340-500, which has a flight range of 10,380 miles.

After leaving Hong Kong, the Boeing jet was to fly to the northern Pacific Ocean, cross North America and cruise over the Atlantic Ocean to London, said a Boeing spokesman, Chuck Cadena. Hong Kong-London flights usually fly over Russia.

Boeing expects to deliver the first 777-200LR to Pakistan International Airlines in early 2006, the statement said. Taiwan's EVA Air, Qatar Airways and Air India have also announced orders.

Boeing said that Guinness World Records representatives would monitor the flight and attend the landing at London's Heathrow Airport.

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Old November 10th, 2005, 05:53 PM   #122
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Capt. Asif Abbas Reza and Capt. Ilyas from PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) were part of this historic record breaking flight. Congrats to them.
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Old November 10th, 2005, 05:55 PM   #123
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BTW, where will PIA deploy this bird? (PAK-USA nonstop?)
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Old November 11th, 2005, 04:12 AM   #124
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BTW, where will PIA deploy this bird? (PAK-USA nonstop?)
from what ive heard. Its good to see news on the 200lr, seems like its going to do well versus a340-500/600. Now they need a -300lr...
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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:20 AM   #125
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LMAO what's the point?
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Old November 11th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #126
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BTW, where will PIA deploy this bird? (PAK-USA nonstop?)
A news article a couple days back mentioned that PIA was planning to fly Toronto - Lahore non-stop starting December (05), and US-PAK non-stop also (Houston - Karachi, New York - Karachi, Chicago - Karachi, and other US Cities linking major cities in PK).

Good stuff. I love Boeing!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 06:25 AM   #127
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PIA creates world commercial aviation history

KARACHI, Sindh -- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has created world commercial aviation history by flying newly-manufactured Boeing 777 LR (Long Range)-- the first airline in the world to fly it from Hong Kong to Heathrow -- the wrong way around the globe.

According to a press release on Thursday, flying from Hong Kong it went overhead Japan, then across the Pacific Ocean flying over Hawaii to overhead San Francisco, then onwards across North American continent to overhead New York, flying still farther across the Atlantic Ocean to land at Heathrow Airport, London, non-stop and in one giant leap lasting slightly less than 24 hours.

The trip which broke 18 minutes flight time record of Airbus 340 and also Boeing's 747-400's record from London to Sydney, flew 12,600 miles or more than half circumference of the globe.

Flying at 83 Mach or 17 Mach less than the speed of sound, the 35 persons onboard, including eight cockpit crew members, witnessed two sunrises and even had scheduled sleep timings in the bunkers onboard. Among five Boeing pilots were Capt Susana Darcy, Boeing 777 Test Pilot and Capt Frank Santoni, representing the Boeing Company.

Along with five Boeing pilots, Commander Asif Reza, senior vice president flight operations PIA, was in command and assisted by Captain Mohammed Ilyas Malik, designated as check pilot Boeing 777 in PIA, to fly the aircraft as Boeing's "Launch Customer", pending delivery of this very first plane to PIA, registered in Pakistan AP-BGY.

A Singapore Airline pilot was also on board, as the Singapore Airline is evaluating buying this airplane after PIA.

The event was reminiscent of another such record breaking flight by PIA nearly four decades earlier, when commander Abdullah Baig, the most famous pilot of PIA flying newly manufactured Boeing 720, eased into a jet stream during cruise with consummate skill to break the London-Karachi flight time record. staff report

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Old November 11th, 2005, 06:49 AM   #128
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Credit: http://www.historyofpia.com

Here are photos of record breaking Boeing 777-240LR. The aircraft completed non-stop flight from Hong Kong to London in less than 23 hours. Muhammad Ali (forum member Aer Pakistan) took these photos at London-Heathrow Airport soon after aircraft’s landing at the airport on November 10, 2005. This long range Boeing 777 will be delivered to PIA as AP-BGY in January 2006. Congratulations to PIA and Boeing Company on successful completion of this record breaking flight


[b]PIA’s champion pilots: Capt. Asif Abbas Reza (right) and Capt. Ilyas. Capt. Asif landed the aircraft at 1314GMT on runway 27R.


Capt. Asif Abbas Reza and Capt. Ilyas seen with Muhammad Ali and other officials.


Aircraft getting water cannon salute at London-Heathrow Airport.


Aircraft’s arrival at London-Heathrow Airport.


Another airline official with record breaking aircraft.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 06:51 AM   #129
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LONDON, Nov. 10, 2005 -- The Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner touches down at London Heathrow Airport at 1:30 pm GMT, after establishing a world record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane.

The 777-200LR is the longest-range commercial jetliner, capable of connecting virtually any two cities around the globe. It is the fifth 777 model. The first 777-200LR (Longer Range) will be delivered to Pakistan International Airlines in early 2006.

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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:03 AM   #131
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Boeing attempts New World Record for Distance with 777-200LR Worldliner Flight
9 November 2005


Boeing is aiming to make aviation history today when a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner takes off from Hong Kong flying eastbound to London, attempting to set a world distance record. The 777-200LR (Longer Range) will take off with a full load of fuel and 35 passengers and crew, flying nonstop on a route that is likely to exceed a distance of more than halfway around the world.

"The record distance flight is a demonstration of the outstanding operating efficiency and reliability of the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner," said Lars Andersen, 777 Program vice president and program manager.

A representative from the United States National Aeronautics Association will fly with the airplane to monitor the record attempt. In addition, representatives of the Guinness Book of Records will meet the airplane when it lands. The record-breaking flight is part of the inaugural "Guinness World Records Day" on November 9, a day which is dedicated to record attempting throughout the world. Guinness World Records representatives will be monitoring the flight's progress and meeting it upon landing at Heathrow to present it with the Guinness World Record certificate.

"The flight plan we have in place will allow us to set a new distance record well above the current one," said Capt. Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, the project pilot leader for the 777-200LR record flight attempt. "I'm honored to be among the team of outstanding Boeing people who have made this historic flight possible."

The Worldliner's flight is expected to last about 23 hours and cover more than 11,000 nautical miles (20,300 km). Two sets of pilot crews will be required. Darcy-Hennemann will be at the controls of the 777-200LR along with Capt. Frank Santoni, chief pilot for the 777 Program, when the airplane takes off from Hong Kong. Capt. John Cashman and Capt. Randy Austin are the additional Boeing pilots who will fly the airplane.

In addition to the crew, passengers onboard the flight include Boeing executives, journalists from media organizations around the world, pilots from Pakistan International Airlines and Singapore Airlines, and representatives from General Electric Aircraft Engines, the maker of the efficient and reliable GE90-115B engines that power the 777-200LR and 777-300ER (Extended Range).

The 777-200LR, capable of connecting virtually any two cities around the globe, is the fifth 777 model. In service, it can carry 301 passengers and baggage up to 9,420 nautical miles (17,445 kilometers).

The first 777-200LR will be delivered to Pakistan International Airlines in early 2006. In addition, EVA Air, Qatar Airways and Air India have announced orders or commitments for the 777-200LR. To date, 42 airlines around the world have ordered more than 700 777s.
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Boeing 777-200LR Sets New World Record for Distance
10 November 2005


Boeing established a new world record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane when a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner landed at London Heathrow Airport today. The 777-200LR (Longer Range) flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km) during its 22-hour 42-minute flight that left Hong Kong flying eastbound the evening of November 9. The distance set by the 777-200LR is farther than any previous commercial jetliner has flown and exceeds a distance of more than halfway around the world.

"This record-setting distance flight exemplifies the pioneering aviation spirit that has made Boeing a leader in the aerospace industry," said Lars Andersen, vice president and program manager, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 777 has been a leader in its market ever since it first went into service. The 777-200LR Worldliner continues that market leadership by offering unmatched capability that allows airlines to offer passengers nonstop routes to their destinations."

The 777-200LR left Hong Kong International Airport at 10:30 p.m. local time Nov. 9 and landed at London Heathrow Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. GMT Nov. 10. The airplane traveled eastbound towards London, flying over the North Pacific Ocean, across North America, and then over the mid-north Atlantic Ocean en route to London.

"The performance of the 777-200LR during the record flight was exceptional," said Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, the project pilot leader for the 777-200LR record flight. "It took the support of a great team of people to make this historic flight a success. I'm proud to be a part of that team."

The 777-200LR is the world's longest-range commercial jetliner and is capable of connecting virtually any two cities around the globe. It is the fifth 777 model. In service, the 777-200LR can carry 301 passengers and baggage up to 9,420 nautical miles (17,445 kilometers).

The first 777-200LR will be delivered to Pakistan International Airlines in early 2006. To date, 43 airlines around the world have ordered more than 700 777s.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 10:05 AM   #133
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It's amazing that humans have invented technology to pretty much take us halfway around the world with relative ease and comfort.

Imagine taking the trip from Hong Kong to London back in 1900 and tell someone that in 105 years you could take the same trip sitting in a comforable seat/bed while eating steak and drinking martini's.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 11:51 AM   #134
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The jets are enormous!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 04:49 PM   #135
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Double sunrise as Boeing marks new dawn for international flights
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11 November 2005
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A BOEING 777 heralded a new era of travel yesterday with a flight lasting nearly 23 hours that included two sunrises.

The jet arrived in London from Hong Kong after 22 hours and 43 minutes in the air, breaking the record for the longest non-stop flight by a commercial jet.

Lars Andersen, of Boeing, said the flight showed the future of air travel. "With the 777-200LR Worldliner, passengers can fly commercially between just about any two cities non-stop."

The record-breaking attempt is part of Boeing's fierce competition with its European rival Airbus. TheWorldliner, which can carry about 300 passengers, competes directly with the Airbus 340-500 which has a flight range of 10,380 miles and carries slightly more people.

The Worldliner touched down just after 1pm at Heathrow after a journey of 13,422 miles. Fire crews poured water over it in celebration as it taxied to a halt.

Boeing said that after leaving Hong Kong, the jet flew across the northern Pacific Ocean to North America, where it flew over Los Angeles, then slightly south of Chicago and over New York and across the Atlantic Ocean to London.

Hong Kong-London flights usually fly over Russia.

The previous record for the longest non-stop commercial flight was set by a Boeing 747400 that flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney in 1989.

Captain Suzanna Darcy Hennemann, who was at the controls as the plane left Hong Kong, said: "We had fantastic weather leaving Hong Kong.

Across the Atlantic we saw our second sunrise of the trip. I will sleep well tonight."
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wow,such a big plane and only 2 engines!
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Boeing and PIA set endurance record

LONDON: Nov 10: A Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft set an endurance record for a non-stop commercial flight on Thursday, travelling more than 22 hours eastwards from Hong Kong to London.

The aircraft, with 35 passengers and crew aboard, flew more than half way around the world, covering 11,664 nautical miles, or 21,601 kilometres.

Along with five Boeing 777 pilots, Commander Asif Reza, Senior Vice-President, Flight Operations, PIA was in command, and was assisted by Capt Muhammad Illyas Malik, designated as Check Pilot Boeing 777 in PIA, to fly the aircraft as Boeing’s “Launch Customer”, pending delivery of this first plane to PIA registered in Pakistan AP-BGY. A Singapore Airlines pilot was also on board as Singapore Airline is evaluating this aeroplane after PIA.

The event was reminiscent of another such record-breaking flight by PIA nearly four decades earlier when Commander Abdullah Baig, flying the newly manufactured Boeing 720, eased into a jet stream during cruise with consummate skill, to break the London-Karachi flight time record.

The 777-200LR (longer range) Worldliner plane touched down at London’s Heathrow airport in Boeing’s blue and white livery, with the word “experimental” over the forward door.

Officials from the Guinness World Records were on hand at London’s Heathrow Airport to verify the record as the world’s longest commercial flight.

The plane flew from Hong Kong to London, going the long way round over North America in a flight which lasted 22 hours and 42 minutes.

Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, one of the pilots, said the plane had two hours of fuel left when it landed.

Asked why they did not keep going, she said: “You have to declare your route before you set off.”

She told reporters that air traffic controllers, unaware the flight was trying to break a record, had offered the pilots vectors, or short cuts, to speed up the journey.

“We kept being offered vectors and, strange for a pilot, we kept saying no we want to stay on our route,” she said.

The first Boeing 777-200LR will be delivered to Pakistan International Airlines in early 2006. The plane can carry about 300 passengers.

Randy Tinseth, director of product marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said the plane’s long-range capabilities, by using two rather than four fuel-efficient engines, would save airlines about 2 million gallons of fuel per year.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 07:25 PM   #138
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Wow! 23 hours!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 08:07 PM   #139
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BREAKING NEWS:!PIA is Purchasing 6 777LR instead of 2 now
"As the plane flew over Las Vegas, Tariq Kirmani, the chairman of Pakistan International Airlines - which like EVA has ordered two 777-200LRs - called the plane to say PIA was considering an increase in its order, to six planes."

The article also confirms that Asif Raza did land the plane.

Read the whole article:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/10/news/flight.php
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