November 9, 2005 Boeing is set to make aviation history today when a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner takes off from Hong Kong flying eastbound to London, attempting to set a world distance record. The 777-200LR (Longer Range) will take off with a full load of fuel and 35 passengers and crew, flying nonstop on a route that is likely to exceed a distance of more than halfway around the world. Apart from meaning the 777-200LR is now capable of connecting any two cities non-stop, it will fly farther than any previous commercial jetliner and will surpass two notable current distance records. For an airplane its size and class, it will break the record set by a 747-400 in 1989 that flew 9,200 nautical miles (17,039 km) non-stop from London to Sydney. Also, it is expected to exceed the distance travelled by a 777-200ER (Extended Range) that flew 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 km) from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur in 1997, setting a speed and distance record.
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