Airlife's Airliners Vol. 1:- Boeing 777
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Boeing is the biggest maker of aeroplanes in the world and the Boeing 777 is the flagship of the company's new range. The incredible success of its 700 series jet airliners - from revolutionary 707 in the late 1950s to the 757 and 767 of the 1980s - has given Boeing massive experience in the commercial aviation marketplace. Aware of growing competition from Europe in the form of Airbus, and aware of a capacity gap in its family between 767 and 747, Boeing started to consider seriously its next aeroplane in the summer of 1988 - a stretched 767. By December 1989 the stretched 767 received a new designation - Boeing 777. The new aircraft was designed to carry between 300-400 passengers in nine-abreast cabin seating. It would have a maximum take-off weight of 217,700kg, and six-wheel landing gear to cope with the additional weight. The programme was formally launched on 29 October 1990. As part of the largest order in aviation history - a massive $22 billion - United ordered 34 Boeing 777s with a further 34 options. In August 1991 British Airways placed orders for fifteen 777s at a cost of $3.6 billion, causing a storm of protest by not going with the European Airbus. The Boeing 777 is still very new and has yet to prove itself over a period of time. However, it is widely considered as the airliner for the 21st century and will take passengers through the millennium in style.