What Are The Oldest Boeing 777s In Service?

The Boeing 777, commonly known as the “triple seven” is one of the most ubiquitous widebodies in active commercial service. First launched in 1990, the 777 has come in six models, including the Boeing 777-200LR, which is one of the world’s longest-range commercial aircraft. Simple Flying takes a look at the oldest Boeing 777s in passenger service.

Boeing 777
The Boeing 777 has had a remarkable history. Photo: Boeing

The oldest 777s are flying for United

According to data from Planespotters, United Airlines, one of the most well-known Boeing 777 operators in the world, has the oldest 777s in service. The airline was the launch customer for the aircraft back in 1990. Thus, it is not surprising to see that the carrier operates some of the oldest of the type. These models -200s. United Airlines took delivery of five -200s in 1995, making them about 25 years old:

  1. N777UA
  2. N768UA
  3. N769UA
  4. N772UA
  5. N771UA
What Are The Oldest Boeing 777s In Service?
United’s N768UA. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr

In the years after that, United took on even more 777-200s. These aircraft are not designed to handle some longer United flights. Instead, they are configured in a high-density domestic configuration. These jets operate between Honolulu and Guam, San Francisco and Honolulu, Chicago to San Francisco, Denver to Los Angeles, Chicago to Los Angeles, and more…

United Airlines Aircraft
The 777 is a big part of United’s fleet. Photo: Getty Images

British Airways’ oldest 777s

Next up, in terms of active 777s, are British Airways’ 777-200s. These include G-ZZZA and G-ZZZB. Both are also about 25 years old. British Airways flies these planes to Africa and the Middle East. However, with the current crisis, the airline may draw down these fleets sooner. G-ZZZC went out of BA’s fleet earlier this year.

G-ZZZA
G-ZZZA, British Airways’ first Boeing 777. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr

The airline purposely registered the first three 777s with the “ZZZ”s because it looks the most like “777”. Since those first 777s, British Airways has grown the 777 fleet tremendously.

While British Airways is flying the first 777-200ER that entered commercial service, G-VIIA, though currently stored, and is about 24 years old.

G-VIIA
G-VIIA, the oldest 777-200ER in operation. Photo: Mike Burdett via Flickr

The oldest Boeing 777-300s

The stretched 777-300s did not enter service until the late-1990s. Cathay Pacific is still flying the first 777-300s produced for commercial operation. B-HNE, B-HNF, B-HNG, and B-HNH are all 22-year-old 777-300s. Cathay Pacific puts these aircraft on high-demand short-haul routes in East Asia.

B-HNG
B-HNG, a 22-year-old 777 in Hong Kong. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr

All Nippon Airways (ANA), has an aircraft, that is 22 years old – a 777-300 registered as JA755A. This aircraft flies mostly domestic routes in Japan.

JA755A
JA755A is a non-ER version of the 777-300 flying for ANA. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

Korean Air also has a 22-year-old 777-300 registered as HL7534. This jet also flies to East Asian cities.

What Are The Oldest Boeing 777s In Service?
HL7534 predominantly flies to East Asian cities. Photo: Alec Wilson via Flickr

The first European Boeing 777-300ER went to Air France. F-GSQA is 16 years old, first arriving in the French flag carrier’s fleet back in 2004. F-GSQB and F-GSQC followed this plane.

F-GSQA
F-GSQA, the first 777-300ER for Air France and the world. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

The next oldest 777-300ER is at ANA. JA731A is painted in the special Star Alliance livery.

What Are The Oldest Boeing 777s In Service?
JA731A in Star Alliance colors. Photo: Tomas Del Coro via Flickr

What about Emirates?

Emirates is perhaps the world’s most well-recognized 777 operator. The airline is the largest operator of the 777 in the world with over 150 in the airline’s fleet comprising of the 777-200LR, 777-300ER, and 777F. The first 777-300ER arrived at the airline in 2005. Emirates has 10 777-300ERs that are 14 years old:

  1. A6-EBE
  2. A6-EBG
  3. A6-EBI
  4. A6-EBJ
  5. A6-EBK
  6. A6-EBM
  7. A6-EBN
  8. A6-EBO
  9. A6-EBQ
  10. A6-EBR
Emirates, Connecting Flights, Dubai
Emirates flies over 100 777-300ERs alone. Photo: Getty Images

Emirates is known for keeping a young and robust fleet. With the incoming 777X, expect the airline to withdraw additional 777s from its fleet– especially these older 777-300ERs.

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