From the cool picture file, here’s a nugget I wanted to share. We recently moved our 777 service-ready wing area so it could be closer to the wing-to-body join. Since each 777 wing is 106 feet long (eight feet longer than a basketball court) and the new space is a little smaller, it took some creativity to make it work.
The 777 service-ready wing feeder line is located next to wing-to-body join area — the next step in the manufacturing process. Photos by Gail Hanusa.
The service-ready wing area is where mechanics install slats, flap supports, hydraulics and the fuel cell system to the wings just prior to attaching the wings to the fuselage. Four employee involvement teams not only came up with ways to make the smaller space work—but also helped create two tools that lift the slat and flaps into position so they can be more easily installed onto the airplane.
All of this work comes as the 777 continues to be in high demand as we get ready to move up in rate to 8.3 airplanes per month. Hope you enjoy the latest look inside our 777 factory.
New photo from our 777 factory in Everett.
Another look at the 777 line.