Employees are excited about beginning production on Boeing’s new 777X. Boeing Company photo

Employees are excited about beginning production on Boeing’s new 777X. Boeing Company photo

Boeing in Puget Sound:

Everett-made 777X airplane enters production

Bright lights from TV cameras glinted off the 108-foot long wing spar as an automated drilling machine performed its programmed maneuvers.

About 500 employees, members of the media and customer representatives joined an online audience to witness production of the first wing spar for the first 777X that will take to the skies.

The event marked a major production milestone for the program — the first hole drilled in the first wing spar that will be part of a flying airplane.

Employees expressed their enthusiasm about the beginning of production.

“It’s been so exciting to see the first parts come through after years of preparing for the first airplane,” said Paul Clark, 777X wing assembly mechanic. “We’ve got a great team here and all of us are eager to begin using the new equipment and processes.”

Fabricated in the Composite Wing Center in Everett, Wash., the front and rear spars had their first voyage to the new 777X wing assembly building.

“The 777X wing is a composite, so it is much lighter and maintains good strength characteristics,” said Mary Manning, 777X design engineer. “This allows the airplane to be lighter, which results in greater performance and fuel efficiency. This will be better for our airline customers.”

In anticipation of the 777X, the production building has been completely refurbished, with new tooling for the wing spars installed, tested and qualified.

Airplane test and certification is scheduled to occur in 2019 with first delivery in 2020.

More in Marketplace

The Four Day Fireplace crew encourages local homeowners with old wood stoves or inserts to see if they qualify for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s $1,500 rebate program designed to improve the county’s air quality.
Dozens of local citizens find $1,500 sitting in their fireplace

Local business leads the charge to improve air quality in Snohomish County

Snohomish County unveils new tool that shows residents where hazards are

Do you live above an earthquake fault or make your home in… Continue reading

From helping you purchase your first home to refinancing your existing home, Pennie Carey and her team at Everett’s Procura Mortgage want to help.
‘Nothing is more rewarding than helping someone achieve the dream of homeownership’

Community is at the core of Everett’s Procura Mortgage

Whether you’re moving up or downsizing, chances are you’ll have junk you don’t want to take with you. The Henderson’s Hauling team shares how to get rid of those items quickly and easily.
Got junk? 3 ways to make your clean-up quick & easy

Local experts share how to get your home ready for a sale or move

More than 100 Boeing employees joined 6,000 attendees from around the world at the 2018 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Seattle, where Boeing was the event’s first-ever Host City Sponsor.
BoeingPride on full display at Out Equal Summit

Company plays host to more than 6,000 workplace advocates in Seattle, WA

Boeing reaches out to help military members and their families

Growing up on a military base can have its share of challenges… Continue reading

A $1-million grant from Boeing to The Nature Conservancy will help restore Northwest forests burned during wildfires and support tree planting in urban areas in Washington.
                                A $1-million grant from Boeing to The Nature Conservancy will help restore Northwest forests burned during wildfires and support tree planting in urban areas in Washington.
Boeing announces nearly $250 million in corporate giving

Includes $55 million in new grants to charitable partners and their programs in 2019 and beyond

First BOEING 777X flight test airplane comes together

Boeing’s longest passenger jet to fly in 2019

Carmen Miller, front of house lead at Remedy Tulalip, shares his knowledge and passion for the wellness possibilities cannabis can offer.
Passion to help drives Remedy team’s mission

Discover what it means to live happy and live healthy

Local Students Engineering Smart Solutions for Boeing

Collaborative robotics, haptic alert systems for hearing-impaired employees and riveting safety —… Continue reading

Everybody wins in Boeing’s energy-reduction battle

There is nothing like a little friendly competition to show how when… Continue reading

New one-stop shop in Marysville for cannabis consumers

Tulalip Tribes bring you expertise on a wide variety of cannabis products