The GE90 series of engines are the most powerful in the world and they arguably make my favorite noise on takeoff, especially just after departure. While we were en-route I noticed another aircraft cruising next to us. Looking up the flight tracking using the aircraft WiFi, I found it that it was a JetBlue A320 also headed to SJU from EWR. Interestingly, it departed 15 minutes before us and landed 3 minutes *after* us. A 777 cruises approx. 20mph faster than A320, depending on the conditions. On this day, our lightly loaded 777 reached cruise altitude 16 minutes after takeoff versus 28 minutes for the A320, perhaps another reason we overtook it.
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Origin: Newark Liberty International Airport – EWR – KEWR
Destination: Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport – SJU – TJSJ
Airline: United Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 777-224ER
Flight time: 2h 58m
Flight number: UAL205
Flight date: March 16, 2021
Departure runway: 4L
Tail number: N78009
First flight: December 4, 1999