Seattle - Boeing set a very special milestone with 2000th order for the Boeing 777. The aircraft became the Boeing's first widebody to reach the two thousand orders limit.
Boeing marketing director Randy Tinseth announced the progress in his company blog. The achievement of this remarkable milestone is due to new purchases from BOC Aviation and two unnamed customers for a total of seventeen Boeing 777 aircraft in the last days of 2018. With these new placements, the total number of Boeing 777s ordered since the launch of the program in 1990 reached 2,013.
The orders have been placed for the 777 versions that Boeing has introduced to the market over the years - the 777-200, 777-200ER, 777-200LR, 777F, 777-300, 777-300ER, 777-8 and 777-9. The last two 777X versions are still under development. The first flight of the 777-9 is expected to take place this year in February.
Despite the emergence of new types such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, the twin-engine Boeing 777 is still a widely used aircraft on long-haul routes. 60% of all long-haul flights between Asia and North America are currently being served by the Boeing 777 family widebodies.
Today, on January 8, Boeing will share its full-year order and delivery results.