PIA’s Boeing LR 777 Sets Record.


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PIAís Boeing LR-777 set record: non-stop flight of over half globe

KARACHI: An aviation world record was set today when a PIAís Boeing 777-200LR touched down at Britain’s biggest airport. The Boeing landed at Heathrow in west London at around 1.25pm having flown non-stop in an easterly direction for 23 hours from Hong Kong. By the time it touched down, the plane, piloted by American captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, will have flown around 12,000 miles – the longest-ever non-stop passenger aircraft flight.

Guinness Book of Records officials were at Heathrow to verify whether the plane has beaten the existing record of 10,823 miles achieved by another Boeing 777. Darcy-Hennemann and her co-pilot Frank Santoni have 35 passengers on board, including Boeing chiefs and representatives of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which will be putting the 777-200LR into service next year. After taking off from Hong Kong yesterday, the plane flew over the northern Pacific and was then taken over the northern part of the USA before crossing the Atlantic towards Heathrow. As well as becoming a world recorder breaker the plane set revolutionise long-distance air travel.

15 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 12:32 pm

    PIA’s???? No that was one of the Boeing’s new planes.. How could they mention PIA??? Please correct me if I’m wrong; there was no mention of PIA in the news last night on CNN.

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 12:39 pm

    WOOO HOOO – I saw it in the news but did not know that this aircraft was to be given to PIA in early 2006. Even Boeing in its press release mentioned PIA as the first recipient of the 777.

    WOW its an honor – to have PIA in someway on the good side of the record books. Otherwise I always thought them to be the record holders crappy oily food.

    Well done PIA – you have made be proud to be a Pakistani (again)

  3. MOON (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 2:02 pm

    Ummmmm thats cool… but why was the Pilot American :(!!!

  4. Tee Emm (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    PIA history was not created. A joke was!

    Funny enough, Daily Times, GEO and the rest of the gang all hailed in awe!

    Get a life!

  5. Anonymous (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 3:11 pm



    Among the passengers were Boeing chiefs and representatives of Pakistan International Airways (PIA) which will be putting the 777-200LR into service next year.

    Guinea Pigs, you know!

  6. Aman (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 3:15 pm

    Well if there is one thing PIA knows how to do its spend money, but how about making some real profits first. And whats with the new slogan(not new anymore) ‘Come Fly With Us’, i think the old one was much better ‘Great People To Fly With’. And the new designs on the planes arn’t that creative either. They could have done much better especially with all the money they are willing to spend.

  7. Omar Qureshi (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 4:11 pm

    Well, it was newsworthy enough to be reported in the NY Times and over 700 websites according to Google News.

    Excerpt: “The flight marked a milestone in aviation history. The Worldliner, which goes into service between Karachi and New York for Pakistan International Airlines in March, can theoretically fly nonstop between any two major cities.”

  8. GHoST (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 6:09 pm

    kudos for those reps of PIA who fly around the globe and entering the record books on the expenses of a loss making corporation!!!

  9. Saadie (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 8:13 pm

    :D, kewl.

  10. Razi (unregistered) on November 12th, 2005 @ 1:47 am

    The plane was the Boeing Worldliner (Boeing PR aircraft….the 777-LR version). It was not a triple 7 in PIA’s livery. PIA will eventually be the first customer to take delivery of this plane in 2006.

    As the first customer to take delivery of this type of aircraft, PIA had the honor of being a part of the cockpit crew for this historic flight.

  11. moiz (unregistered) on November 12th, 2005 @ 2:32 am

    wow !!!!
    party time :D

  12. Shiraz (unregistered) on November 12th, 2005 @ 9:33 am

    guys what was the point of a 23 hours flight?? Anyone who can fly a plan could have done that stunt. And what was the benefit of it? Who wants to sit an a jet for 23hrs, or for say any long period of time. I know I hate sitting in a plane for more than 3 hours its annoying and tiring unless you are not a passenger but flying the thing. Good job PIA pull a stunt like this but dont even bother do it with your own pilots. I just dont get it.

  13. Shoaib Inam (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 7:08 pm

    Can you please verify if the PIA’s Boeing 777 was flown (HKG-LHR) by an American Pilot or Captain Asif Raza of PIA.

  14. naveed (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    Nice Flying,i slute to Capt Asif Raza which attend this flight and made a record in world history in year 2005 by complete 23 hours with continuosly flying..

    Well done PIA – you have made be proud to be a Pakistani
    keep it up and more workhard to make some thing new in Aviation.

  15. omer (unregistered) on February 27th, 2006 @ 7:05 am

    just a note.. that particular plane is not the PIA is receiving. PIA will get the first one ever produced but record flight took place in the second production plane.

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