Boeing opens 777X Composite Wing Center

Boeing opens 777X Composite Wing Center

Investment in Everett, Washington, is more than $1 billion.

Everett, Washington – Boeing employees joined with community leaders from across the region May 20, 2016, to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new 777X Composite Wing Center (CWC) in Everett, Washington. 
 
The facility, located on the north side of the main final assembly building, will manufacture the composite wings for the 777X commercial jetliner, sustaining thousands of Puget Sound area jobs.
 
Boeing has invested more than $1 billion in the Everett site for construction and outfitting of the new building.
 
"Today's event is bigger than celebrating the opening of a magnificent new building," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "It's about our employees, and shared success with our partners around the region and in Olympia in keeping the Puget Sound at the forefront of aerospace leadership for decades to come."
 
Construction of the new CWC building required approximately 4.2 million hours of construction time. At its peak, 1,700 contract employees worked on the project. By the numbers, the new building required:
  • 31,000 tons of steel with the highest beams weighing 720 lb (326.587kg) per foot
  • 480 miles of electrical cable
  • 80,000 linear feet of process piping
  • 170,000yds3 of concrete were poured
  • The concrete was brought to the site by more than 16,500 truckload deliveries
  • The CWC is more than 27 acres under one roof – the equivalent to 24 football fields
  • The building will contain three autoclaves – each big enough to fit two Boeing 737 fuselages inside
 
The 777X twin-aisle family of airplanes will comprise the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300nm; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200nm.
 
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.
 
Source: Boeing