Boeing Co. has picked Everett, Wash., as the production site
for the new composite wing of its 777X airliner.
Construction of a
1-million-square-foot plant will begin later this year in
Everett, which is also the current final assembly location of
the current 777 twin-aisle airliner, Chicago-based Boeing said
in a statement.
selection comes after Boeings largest union, the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,
in January narrowly approved an eight-year contract extension
to 2024 (
amm.com, Jan. 6). The IAM accepted significant
concessions in return for Boeings promise to continue the
planes production in the Pacific Northwest.
The composite wing on
the 777X will replace a current aluminum skin wing, while also
incorporating a new engine that would increase fuel efficiency.
Boeing said it has "targeted" initial delivery of the 777X for
The industry has
estimated the 777s current titanium buy weight at about
150,000 pounds. The composite wing might raise this total by
roughly 10 percent since composites are normally associated
with greater use of titanium, according to industry
The unions vote
to extend the contract also commits Boeing to build the 777X
fuselage and continue final assembly and fabrication of certain
major components in Everett. Before the union accepted
Boeings offer, the company was considering proposals from
a number of other U.S. sites for production of the 777