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reply to post by Shana91aus
There is grey on the outer skin paint, and the inner skin that passengers never see is green.
reply to post by Zaphod58
The lithium battery issue has been raised in the media in snippets over the last few days. When I heard it on CNN my first thought was that if they were carrying that much battery cargo, surely, it must be heavily regulated. Many people believe that Malasia is hiding something. May be they're protecting the airlines? Perhaps they didn't follow protocols? After doing some more reading, of some very dry material, I found that NOTOC and storage regulations depend on the type of battery. One interesting document I found was here, page 9 details results of burn tests done on various types of batteries. Stored properly they don't seem like such a risk.
As an aside, is it just me or should CNN be labelled an entertainment, not news show, and bad entertainment at that..
reply to post by jazz10
Not with that aircraft, or the fuel they had on board. They would have had to stop for fuel somewhere to do it. It's 11,579 miles from Kuala Lumpur to there. The 777-200ER, which is the family this aircraft belonged to, has a range of 7,725 nautical miles (just under 8900 miles). The 777-200LR, which has one of the longest ranges of a commercial aircraft, has a range of 10,811 miles (roughly). So there is no way any 777 could have done it without stopping for fuel somewhere.
As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, it has computer-mediated controls; it is also the first entirely computer-designed commercial aircraft.
The 777 is produced in two fuselage lengths as of 2014. The original 777-200 variant entered commercial service in 1995, followed by the extended-range 777-200ER in 1997. The stretched 777-300, which is 33.3 ft (10.1 m) longer, entered service in 1998. The longer-range 777-300ER and 777-200LR variants entered service in 2004 and 2006 respectively, while a freighter version, the 777F, debuted in February 2009. Both longer-range versions and the freighter feature General Electric GE90 engines and extended raked wingtips. The earlier 777-200, -200ER and -300 versions are equipped with GE90, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The 777-200LR is the world's longest-range airliner and can fly more than halfway around the globe; it holds the record for the longest distance flown non-stop by a commercial aircraft. In November 2013, Boeing announced the development of upgraded 777-8X and 777-9X models featuring composite wings and GE9X engines.