Hong Kong - The Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona became the final destination of the first Boeing 777 ever built. Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific and Boeing donated the 24-year-old airplane to the museum.
On September 18, a Boeing 777 from Cathay Pacific carried out its last flight from Hong Kong to Tucson, United States. The Boeing 777-200 registered B-HNL entered into service in 1994 as the very first Triple Seven. After having served for many years as a test aircraft, the aircraft was sold to Cathay Pacific in 2000.
Earlier this year, after eighteen years of service and 20,519 hours of flight, the 777 was taken out of service.
Cathay Pacific is currently replacing its Boeing 777 fleet with Airbus A350s. From 2021, the Asian airline operator will start a new 777 era upon the arrival of new 777-9s.
Earlier it was reported that the device would get a place in the collection of the Boeing's Museum of Flight in Seattle. But later, Boeing and Cathay decided to donate the historic plane to the Pima Air & Space Museum. The first 777 will be permanently exhibited at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona along with 350 other historic aircraft.