Leg-4 For the 4th leg we are using the Boeing 777-200ER. Crossing almost half of Europe it will take us from the airport EHBK Maastricht-Aachen in the Dutch province of Limburg to LIME, the Orio al Serio airport in beautiful Bergamo, Italy.
Often referred to as the "Triple Seven" the Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial aircraft. Developed in consultation with eight major airlines, the 777 was designed to replace older wide-body airliners and bridge the capacity difference between Boeing's 767 and 747. As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, it has computer-mediated controls; it is also the first entirely computer-aided designed commercial aircraft. Its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, a circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped tail cone. The earlier 777-200, -200ER and -300 versions are equipped with GE90, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. 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. 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. The KLM fleet contains fifteen 777-200ER's and eight 777-300ER's.
The airport LIME Orio al Serio is the gateway to the northern Italian city of Bergamo, which is located some 45 kilometers from Milan, just outside of Bergamo city. It is also known as Il Caravaggio International Airport but usually referred to as Bergamo Airport. Bergamo's relative proximity to Milan helps in assisting the handling of some traffic going in and out of Milan. Bergamo International Airport contains a single terminal which handles about 4.5 million passengers per year which makes it the fourth busiest airport in Italy. Milan uses Bergamo Airport to handle the low-cost flights. The low budget airlines that now service Bergamo airport, have certainly put this airport on the map and have made it one of the favourite destinations for low cost weekend breaks, be it shopping in Milan or a few days skiing in the Italian Alps. The airfield has two runways, RWY 10/28 measuring 2.937 x 45 mtr asphalt and the smaller RWY 12/30 of 778 x 18 mtr asphalt. Of these only RWY 28 is equipped with ILS (Cat IIIB on 108.700 MHz).