Flight Buenos Aires to Santiago, Chile in special Orange-paintscheme aircraft.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, legally Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V., is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM is headquartered in Amstelveen, with its hub at nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It is part of the Air France–KLM group, and is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. KLM was founded in 1919; it is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name and had 32,505 employees as of 2013. KLM operates scheduled passenger and cargo services to approximately 130 destinations.
The 777-300ER (“ER” for Extended Range) is the C-market version of the -300. It features raked and extended wingtips, a wing aspect ratio of 9.0, a new main landing gear, reinforced nose gear, and extra fuel tanks.It also has a strengthened fuselage, wings, empennage, and engine attachments. The -300ER is powered by the GE90-115B turbofan, which is the world’s most powerful jet engine in service, with a maximum thrust of 115,300 lbf (513 kN).Its maximum range is 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 km), made possible by higher MTOW and increased fuel capacity. The -300ER can fly approximately 34 percent farther than the -300 with a full load of passengers and cargo.Following flight testing, aerodynamics refinements have reduced fuel burn by an additional 1.4 percent.
The first -300ER was delivered to Air France on April 29, 2004. The -300ER is the best-selling 777 variant, having surpassed the -200ER in orders in 2010 and deliveries in 2013. Since its launch, the model has been a primary driver of the twinjet’s sales past the rival A330/340 series. Using two engines produces a typical operating cost advantage of around 8–9 percent for the -300ER over the A340-600, along with a 20 percent fuel burn advantage over the 747-400. Several airlines have acquired the -300ER as a 747-400 replacement amid rising fuel prices. As of January 2016, -300ER deliveries to 39 different customers totaled 620, with 176 unfilled orders. Operators had 575 aircraft in service as of July 2015. The -300ER’s direct Airbus competitors have included the A340-600HGW and the A350-1000.