Trading spaces

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.

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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.

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New photo from our 777 factory in Everett.

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Another look at the 777 line.

Comments (6)

Andrew Boydston (Boise,ID USA):

It never ceases to impress. Thank You for sharing the inside shot of Boeing's 777 facility. The floor looks so calm. Like the shot from space of planet earth, it looks peaceful. However, it is a very structured beehive of activity, with a precise purpose of building the best with human hands and minds. Millions of lines of code, millions of hardware pieces and thousands of workers making this amazing view possible. I don't and won't take it for granted each time I see the 777 fly-by or when I ride in one, as what can be done when Boeing dreams big enough.

Aeroengr (Oyo, Nigeria):

The 777 is a great airplane. It's a promising 6th generation (commercial) airplane. I hope other manufacturers can learn d creativity of this industry leader

Daniel Kho (Sydney, Australia):

Hi Randy,

Always a joy to see the 777 keep getting better.

Can't wait to hear about the 777x or whatever the updated 777 is called.

With airlines such as Emirates eagerly awaiting the announcement of an updated 777, will it be announced before the 787-10? Or will the 787-10 be a more immediate priority for Boeing?

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Triple Seven at its BEST!

Ethan (New York):

Long live the 777. I can't wait to see what comes next for my favorite airplane.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

17 years on after the first delivery of the 777 and 18 years after the first flight, the plane along with the production line are the most innovative in the industry.

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