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.
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:
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Korean Air also has a 22-year-old 777-300 registered as HL7534. This jet also flies to East Asian cities.
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.
The next oldest 777-300ER is at ANA. JA731A is painted in the special Star Alliance livery.
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:
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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