Boeing’s giant factory complex just got a lot bigger

9641
August 15, 2018
Boeing plant
Aerial View of Everett Boeing; View from South to North; includes 777X Wing Building.

Boeing’s Everett factory complex is the world’s largest building and has produced more wide-body planes – 4937 – than all other competing manufacturers combined and it has just got a lot bigger.

The new additions are two buildings for Boeing 777X construction which combine increase the factory space by another 25 percent.

Below is a video of the start of the Boeing 777X in the new wing center.

The Everett, Washington complex, is the workplace for 30,000, produces 25,000 meals a day from 20 cafeterias and its area is bigger than Disneyland.

In many ways, it is a magic kingdom. Here the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, has built 4937 widebody planes – the 747 Jumbo (1546), 767 (1116), 777 (1559) and 787 (716) — since 1968.

Below is an image of the first 777X under construction courtesy of Sam Chui.

 

And it has plenty more to build: 22 747s, 108 767s excluding military tankers, 429 777s and, 671 787s. Those numbers are firm orders only and Boeing holds options for hundreds more 777s and 787s.

Boeing's 777X
Boeing’s 777X-9 and 777X-8

And there are another 1,280 wide-body planes on order.

Boeing’s Everett production building is over 1km long and ½ km wide and you could fit 911 basketball courts inside.

The massive production facility has six doors, each a canvas for depicting the company’s planes.

Boeing factory doors
The factory doors on Boeing’s facility are a canvas for depicting the planes that are built there.

And what a canvas — each door is the size of an American football field.

But the factory itself is just part of a massive industrial complex that includes three huge paint hangars, sprawling flight lines, a plane delivery center that is as big as an airport terminal, office blocks, and the new 777X wing assembly plant.

The whole facility covers an area of 415 hectares.

Built in 1968, the plant doubled in size to accommodate production of the 767 in the late 1970s and was expanded again by 50 percent in 1993 to build the 777.

Recently the huge wing plant was constructed behind the main facility to build the composite wings for the 777X.

Boeing's 777s
Boeing’s 777 production line

It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington State. Boeing started tours of the factory when it was building the first 747 and since then more than 3.5 million people have seen the facility.

The factory has 26 overhead cranes that cruise on 72 kilometers of networked tracks and these cranes make 45,000 lifts a month to support the building of about 20 planes a month.

Boeing's 787 production line
Boeing 787s are now produced at a rate of 7 a month at Everett and 5 a month at the company’s Charleston plant.

Painting the planes is also a feat. It takes up to seven days to paint a plane and a 747 requires 454 liters while a 787 a little less at about 370 liters.

The plant is now building the company’s newest plane, the Boeing 777X, which is a total revamp of the popular 777.

That plane, with a new wing and engine and a more spacious cabin, will be capable of new non-stop routes such as Sydney to London and Sydney to New York.