Five-Hundredth Boeing 777 Takes Shape, Nears Completion

The three main sections of the 500th Boeing [NYSE:BA] 777, which is assembled at the company's Everett, Wash. Plant, are joined. The airplane, a 777-300ER (Extended Range), is scheduled for delivery to International Lease Finance Corp.'s customer Air France in December. The first 777 was delivered in May 1995. The 777 has reached 500 airplanes delivered sooner than any other twin-aisle airplane in commercial history.

The Boeing 777 has captured 65 percent of its market since the airplane's October 1990 launch. Thirty-seven customers and operators worldwide have ordered 642 airplanes.

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