One of just six Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in the Air Canada fleet, C-FIUJ has had some interesting events during its decade long life, to date (more on that below). We photographed the B77L while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on September 14, 2017.
For full-size, high resolution versions of any of the photos in the image gallery, simply click on the individual pictures. See below for more detailed information on C-FIUJ, the Boeing 777-200LR model in general and the airline.
C-FIUJ Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR Image Gallery
C-FIUJ took its first flight on November 20, 2007 and was delivered to Air Canada on December 1, 2007. This is one of six Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in the main fleet. The airliner is configured for a maximum total of 300 passengers with 40 seats in business class, 24 more in premium economy and 236 seats in economy class.
On April 24, 2009, C-FIUJ was flying from Sydney, Australia to Vancouver, British Columbia. About an hour past the Hawaiian Islands, the B77L came upon some thunderstorms which resulted in severe turbulence and a sudden descent. Three flight attendants and 19 passengers were injured and the aircraft was diverted to Honolulu, Hawaii. Two flight attendants and two passengers were hospitalized while the rest were able to continue on to Vancouver. The injuries to the passengers were the direct result of them ignoring the ‘fasten seat belts’ sign.
C-FIUJ was called upon for a very unique duty on October 16, 2012 while flying from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia. Over the Pacific Ocean, about 300 miles northeast of Sydney, the crew were asked to look for a yacht on the open waters. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority had received an emergency beacon and it was determined that the B77L was the closest to where the signal was coming from.
The aircraft descended to 6,000 feet while crew and passengers watched out the windows as the Boeing 777-200LR zig-zagged over the area. They were able to establish a visual with the yacht. The sailor was alive and well and another ship was able to assist.
The first Boeing 777-200LR was delivered to Pakistan International Airlines on February 26, 2006. In all, 59 have been built with no outstanding orders. The LR stands for longer range and this variant holds the record for the longest nonstop flight by a commercial airliner. It is named the Worldliner by Boeing as it can connect almost any two airports in the world in a single flight.
The B77L is 64 metres or 209 feet in length with a wingspan of 65 metres or 213 feet. At the tail, it stands 19 metres or 61 feet in height. The flight range is 15,840 kilometres, significantly longer than the 777-200ER at 13,080 KM and the Boeing 777-300ER at 13,650 KM.
Air Canada was founded in 1937 as Trans Canada Air Lines and changed names on January 1, 1965. The airline is now headquartered at the Air Canada Centre on the grounds of Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Dorval, Quebec. There are around 175 aircraft in the main fleet with over 200 more flying with subsidiaries. These airliners fly to over 200 destinations worldwide (350 when including Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge).
Air Canada is a founding member of the Star Alliance, along with Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines. The alliance now includes 27 member airlines around the world.