Boeing have celebrate the grand opening of its new 777X Composite Wing Centre in Everett Washington.
The facility, located on the North side of the main final assembly building, will manufacture the world’s largest composite wings for the 777X, the company’s newest commercial jetliner.
The company has invested more than $1 billion in the Everett site for construction and outfitting of the new building and will contain three of the world’s largest autoclaves, each big enough to fit two Boeing 737 fuselages inside.
The 777X advances the world’s most efficient twin-aisle family of airplanes. Two models will comprise the 777X family – the 777–8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777–9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles. To date, the 777X has accumulated 320 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide. Production of the 777X is scheduled to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted in 2020.