Fri, Nov 11, 2011
Program Reaches Milestone Faster Than Any Other Twin-Aisle
Workers began assembling the 1,000th 777 on Wednesday. The
airplane, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be delivered to Dubai-based
Emirates Airline in March 2012.
Production began with loading of the 97-foot wing spar –
the main support structure for the wing – into a giant tool
that automatically drills, measures and installs more than 5,000
fasteners into the spar. The spar components are built in Auburn,
"We reached this milestone in only 16 years, eight years sooner
than the runner up the 747, because of the enormous popularity of
the airplane by the airlines that operate it, and the passengers
who fly on it," said Larry Loftis, vice president and general
manager of the 777 program. "Sixty-four airlines have ordered 1,295
777s. The numbers prove that the 777 is the world's preferred
airplane. In fact, it's preferred 1,000 times over."
A ceremony to mark the start of production was held today in
Everett. Additional employee thank-you events will be held as the
airplane moves through the 49-day build process. "We couldn't have
reached this milestone without the innovation and inspiration of
the thousands of employees here at Boeing and at the more than 500
suppliers around the globe that build the 777," Loftis said. "We
thank them and honor them for their contribution to aviation
history," he said.
Emirates is the largest 777 customer with 95 777s currently in
its fleet; the 1,000th 777 will be its 102nd.
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