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  • 77w ?

    Just a slightly off-topic question about this.
    Why do they always call the 777-300 as 77W ?
    Or is it tht the 777-300ER's are called 77W's ?

    Either ways what the reason & logic behind it ?
    Wht does the 'W' stand for ?


    Cheers - Vishal

  • #2
    Pretty sure the 77W is the 777-300ER. The non-ER -300 is the 773. No idea what the W stands for, if indeed it stands for anything. (Could it be 'Wide" - with the raked wingtips...?)

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    • #3
      The non-ER is called 773. Moreover, although most airlines follow the standard and called 777-300ER "77W", it is not mandatory to do so. For example, if you look at Cathay Pacific's schedule, 777-300ER is called "77A". ANA has completely different codes for its Boeing fleet (at least in the Japanese printed schedule which you can get at ANA's counters at airports). Boeing 747-400 is B44, Boeing 767-200 is B6 and Boeing 777-200 is B7 in ANA's schedule.
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      • #4
        Yep, it's a B777-300ER and that's what Boeing calls it and so does Air Canada..

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        • #5
          All thats ok but again what does the 'W' stand for/signify in 77W ?

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          • #6
            I put your question to Dispatch, Maintenance and my fellow Ops Managers and none of us could agree on the "W". All the emails I have just refer to the acft as a B77W or a B77L as we have both 200ER and 300 ER versions. I guess we will have to dig some more.

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            • #7
              I remember hearing that it stands for Wide (as in wider wingspan).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ptbodale
                I put your question to Dispatch, Maintenance and my fellow Ops Managers and none of us could agree on the "W". All the emails I have just refer to the acft as a B77W or a B77L as we have both 200ER and 300 ER versions. I guess we will have to dig some more.
                Haha, I've always wondered about that as well.
                At least 77L makes sense (777-200LR), but the "W" for 777-300ER seems arbitrary to me...

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                • #9
                  Japan Airlines was the launch order, so perhaps W stands for "Weally Wig".


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Petertenthije
                    Japan Airlines was the launch order, so perhaps W stands for "Weally Wig".


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                    I hope that coat is fire-proof . And I still maintain the W stands for "WoW, What aWesome performance" .

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by avro_arrow_25206
                      but the "W" for 777-300ER seems arbitrary to me...
                      It is not the only arbitrary one.
                      747-300 Combi is 74D
                      747-400 Combi is 74E
                      727-200 Advance and 737-200 Advance are 72S and 73S
                      767-300 is 76S (what does S stand for anyway?)
                      And the list goes on.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by CathayPacific
                        It is not the only arbitrary one.
                        747-300 Combi is 74D
                        747-400 Combi is 74E
                        727-200 Advance and 737-200 Advance are 72S and 73S
                        767-300 is 76S (what does S stand for anyway?)
                        And the list goes on.
                        I have seen the quick-convertible variants (-200QC) of the 737 and 727 being abbreviated as 73Q or 72Q before. But S doesn't really make any sense.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
                          I hope that coat is fire-proof . And I still maintain the W stands for "WoW, What aWesome performance" .
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                          Originally posted by CathayPacific
                          It is not the only arbitrary one.
                          747-300 Combi is 74D
                          747-400 Combi is 74E
                          727-200 Advance and 737-200 Advance are 72S and 73S
                          767-300 is 76S (what does S stand for anyway?)
                          And the list goes on.
                          Well i'd surely like to know about those as well but let get this one sorted out first.

                          Cheers - Vishal

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CathayPacific
                            It is not the only arbitrary one.
                            747-300 Combi is 74D
                            I thought that was the code for the 747-400Ds (the non-wingletted Japan domestic version)?

                            Originally posted by CathayPacific
                            747-400 Combi is 74E
                            Wasn't the combi code 74M? At least that's the way it was at LH before they converted their 744 Combis into pure pax jets.

                            Originally posted by CathayPacific
                            727-200 Advance and 737-200 Advance are 72S and 73S
                            767-300 is 76S (what does S stand for anyway?)
                            And the list goes on.
                            In the case of the 727 and 732, the S refered to the updated engines over the older versions, but why the letter S was chosen, no idea.
                            With the 767, I believe that was only a temporary thing. Delta originally referred to their non-ER 767-300s as 76S, but after around 5 years or so started going with the more logical 763 code.

                            And just for the heck of it, adding to the list,
                            73G (737-700)
                            73H (737-800 with winglets)
                            Or the Alitalia model, 767/764/765, three different codes, all for the same model, namely the 767-300ER, but a different code for every different seat layout.

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                            • #15
                              Air Canada's combi's were M's and they were 200 series.

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