Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered its 400th 777, a 777-200ER (extended-range) airplane to Asiana Airlines. The Korean carrier is leasing the airplane through International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). This is the 23rd 777 purchased by ILFC, one of the largest 777 customers, and will be Asiana's third 777. The airplane will be configured in two classes to seat 310 passengers.
"When we built the first 777, our goal was to make a great airplane," said Perry Rushton, a 777 functional test technician who worked on both the first and 400th airplane. "After nine years of production we not only have a great airplane, but we've improved our production processes and reduced manufacturing flow days from 71 to 37."
Asiana is one of the leading carriers in Korea that supports routes to China, Japan and Northeast Asia with global connections spanning over the five seas and six continents.
ILFC has the world's largest portfolio of aircraft in terms of asset value. A Boeing customer since 1977, ILFC has ordered a total of 650 new Boeing Jetliners.