Crosswind landings in 777

Date:         19 Apr 99 02:22:08 
From:         Ken Ishiguro <>
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I was at ORD today waiting for my connecting flight.  The weather was
very windy, (about 25 gusting to 40) and I was watching a long stream of
aircraft making landings.

There are two methods of making a crosswind landing.  One is to crab
into the wind and track the runway centerline.  Right before touchdown
the crab is cancelled to remove sideloads on the MLG.  The second method
is to do a forward slip so that the slip rate cancels the crosswind
component. (This is also called the "wing low" method).

I am accustomed to the crabbing method being used on airliners.
However, I noticed that the 777's were using the sideslip method.  Why
is this method used on the 777's and no other types?  (All the 777's I
saw landing were UA- is it peculiar to UA training)?