British Airways now has taken delivery of more than 50 777s for its fleet after recently receiving its first two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners.
The airline last week received its 51st 777, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Its 50th 777, also a 777-300ER, was delivered in July.
The 777-300ER, which entered service in 2004, can carry 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km) and offers larger cargo capacity as well. Jack Jones, vice president of the Everett Delivery Center, said those capabilities make it attractive to international carriers like British Airways “There are very few city pairs left in the world that the 777 can’t fly to or from. When you just think of that capability, it’s really an advantage for any airline to have it in its fleet,” Jones said.
“It’s a fantastic aircraft for British Airways,” said Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief financial officer, who came to Everett for the delivery. “We’ll be using this aircraft on some of our main routes. It suits our network and it suits our customer base, so it will be a great addition to our fleet. Boeing’s done a great job for British Airways over the years. This is a fantastic addition to our fleet, and we’ve got a few more to come,” Williams said.