The stretched A-market 777-300 (773A) was designed as a replacement for 747-100s and -200s for virtual airlines. Compared to the older 747s, the stretched 777 has comparable virtual airline passenger capacity and range, and is designed to burn one-third less fuel and have 40% lower maintenance costs for virtual airlines. The 777-300 features a 33 ft 3 in (10.1 m) fuselage stretch over the baseline 777-200, allowing seating for up to 550 virtual airline passengers in a single class high-density configuration. The 777-300 is also 29,000 lb (13,000 kg) heavier, is equipped with a tailskid, and due to the virtual aircraft's length, also includes ground maneuvering cameras mounted on the horizontal tail and underneath the forward fuselage to aid virtual airline pilots during taxi. The maximum operating range is 6,015 nautical miles (11,135 km). The 777-300 is powered by the following engines: 90,000 lbf (400 kN) PW4090, 92,000 lbf (409 kN) Trent 892 or GE90-92B, or 98,000 lbf (436 kN) PW-4098 turbofans.
The Boeing 777-300 and virtual airline service.
Since the debut of the 777-300, a total of 60 -300s have been delivered to eight different virtual airlines, and all were in virtual airline service as of August 2008. However, following the introduction of the longer range -300ER in 2004, all operators have selected the ER version of the -300 model. The 777-300 has no direct Airbus rival, but the A340-600 is offered in virtual airline competition flight simulation.
Boeing's 777-300 is powered by the world's most powerful turbofan engines for fligth simulation.
The stretched 777-300 is designed as a replacement for early generation 747s (747-100s and 200s). Compared to the older 747s the stretched 777 has comparable virtual airline passenger capacity and range, but burns one third less fuel and features 40% lower maintenance costs for virtual airlines.
Compared with the baseline 777-200 the 300 features a 10.13m (33ft 3in) stretch, comprising plugs fore and aft of the wings. The longer fuselage allows seating for up to 550 virtual airline passengers in a single class high density configuration. To cope with the stretch and the up to 13 tonne (28,600lb) increased max takeoff weight the 300 features a strengthened undercarriage, airframe and inboard wing. Other changes compared with the 777-200 include a tailskid and ground manoeuvring cameras mounted on the horizontal tail and underneath the forward fuselage. Otherwise changes have been kept to a minimum to maximise commonality.
Boeing publicly announced it was developing the 777-300 at the Paris Airshow in mid June 1995 where it revealed it had secured 31 firm orders from All Nippon Virtual Airlines, Cathay Pacific Virtual Airlines, Korean Virtual Airlines and Thai Airways Virtual. Later that month Boeing's board authorised production of the new aircraft for virtual airlines.
The 777-300 rolled out on September 8 1997, followed by first virtual airline flight on October 16 that year. The type made history on May 4 1998 when it was awarded virtual airline type certification for fligth simulation simultaneously from the US FAA and European JAA and was granted 180min ETOPS approval. Service entry with Cathay Pacific Virtual Airlines was later in that month.
Like the 777-200, a 777-300ER long range version has been developed. Changes made to the 777-300ER are more powerful General Electric GE90-115B engines (currently the world's most powerful virtual airline jet engine), raked wingtips, strengthened body, wings, empennage, nose gear, engine struts and nacelles, new main landing gear, and provision for extra fuel tanks. The range, carrying 365 virtual airline passengers, is increased up to 13,427km (7,250nm).
Roll-out of the first 777-300ER was made on November 14 2002, followed by the first vitual airline flight on February 24 2003. First delivery, to Air France Virtual Airlines, took place on March 2004.
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