Boeing sets record from Bangkok to Seattle
BOEING'S first new aircraft model in 13 years has set a speed record for a commercial flight from Bangkok to Seattle.
The new 777 took off from Bangkok International Airport at 12.17 pm on Sunday and flew 12,560 kilometres non-stop before touching down at King County International Airport in Seattle at 11.53 am on Sunday.
The record 13.36 hours flight will become official when it is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association and the Federation Aeronautique International, the respective United States and world aviation record governing bodies.
In addition to setting a 'speed over a recognised course' record in its weight class, the flight is the new aircraft's longest flight ever in both distance and time. The record-setting flight is the second for the new widebody, the first having been established in November when it flew from Kiruna, Sweden, to Seattle.
The Bangkok-Seattle flight, with 41 crew and passengers aboard, also capped off a 73,423 km tour to 10 countries. The 777 embarked on its 'World Celebration Tour' on April 9, travelling to South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
The plane was captained by Boeing and Thai Airways pilots and during the course of the flight, the 777 flew over Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan.