PIA new Boeing 777 landed in islamabad

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) became the first aviation firm to introduce the latest Boeing 777- 200 LR in its fleet after Boeing’s representatives handed over the aircraft to PIA administration officials from Karachi and Islamabad on Monday.

777’s inaugural flight that took off from Manchester on Sunday February 26 landed in Islamabad on Monday. The aircraft flew from Seattle to Manchester, from where it flew on its first commercial flight to Islamabad full to capacity. PIA’s new Boeing 777-LR seats 310 passengers’ – 35 business class seats and the rest economy plus and economy seats.

It has a range of 17,450 km with full payload, flying at an average altitude of 43,000 feet with two powerful GE 90-110 engines that produce over 110,000 lbs of thrust each. PIA flew the plane on February 26 as Boeing’s ‘Launch Customer’.

‘Launch customer’ in airline jargon means the first airline to fly a new technology aircraft on a commercial flight The aircraft can fly between any two points in the world non-stop. In fact, on November 9, 2005 the Boeing 777 set a new world record. It flew from Hong Kong over the Pacific Ocean, flying over the United States and then across the Atlantic and landed in England.

SOURCE: Daily times Newspaper

2 Comments so far

  1. subsepehlepakistan (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 9:32 am

    Talk about major turn-around… PIA was bankrupt a few years ago…

    Kudos to present govt!

  2. IKW (unregistered) on March 4th, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    Congrats to PIA for getting the 777-200LR. Personally, I have flown across Atlantic from New York to Dubai (non-stop) in one of such planes but that experience is one I would like to forget. The seats were cramped and the flight was too damn long. I just hope they dont squeeze the seats in to make more money. All in all, its a good step and I am excited to see new options from PIA.

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