Gold on the Ceiling

The installation of a new crane is giving me the chance to share some dramatic views of our 777 factory. Boeing photographer Ed Turner captured the images below as crews work to finish the new crane that will eventually lift and carry up to 40 tons of 777 parts and sections. This additional crane will be another key part in our 777 rate increase to 8.3 airplanes per month (100 airplanes per year with first delivery at the new rate set for first quarter 2013). Thanks to Ed for climbing to new heights to bring us these great pictures from the ceiling.


Comments (3)

Scratch (Alaska, USA):

Boeing is smart to increase the 777 production rate. This aircraft has no rivals in terms of performance and efficiency. It is so good, I often wonder if it is not hurting sales of both the 747-8 and A380. Everything I've seen and read shows that the -300ER has similar per seat / tonne economics as the -8Is to be built in 2015! The present day -8I for Lufthansa has only a 3% per seat cost penalty against their A380s. That's when they are full of course and says nothing of the A380's inability to carry a significant cargo load. So in this day and age of volatile fuel prices and economic uncertainty, why buy big 4 engine airplanes? They are such a liability during downturns.

Having looked at the A350-1000 numbers (BOW and MTOW), I cannot see how Airbus expects to challenge the -300ER on ULH routes over 7000nm. They simply will not be able to carry the same load as the -300ER despite having the same size fuselage. When the 777X comes out, forget about it... It really does appear that Airbus will only challenge Boeing in the narrowbody and medium range widebody markets for the foreseeable future.

Jed (Columbia, SC):

The 777 is a stunning machine that will only get better. I would love to have a view like this!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

For airlines increasing or sometimes decreasing capacity in routs or to replace the 747-400 as many airlines have, the 777-300ER is a great plane.

Years ago is was thought that the A350-1000 would pose a serious sales threat to the 777-300ER but so far it has not taken a real bite at the big twin at the Boeing stable. If and when the 777-X gets underway, The success seen with the 777-300ER will carry on with the improved model.

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