Boeing begins production on new 777X plane
EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing began production on Monday of it's first 777X wide-body plane at it's factory in Everett.
It's a moment the company and its employees have been waiting for.
“To be part of that at all is very very exciting,” said Paul Clark, a mechanic with 777X wing spar.
Boeing said the new airplane includes the best technology and new designs.
“This is a significant leap forward from a technology standpoint, with a composite fiber wing, a new engine, all new systems and interiors inside the airplane,” said Jason Clark, vice president of Boeing's 777 and 777X operations.
“We are taking the best of all of our aircraft - whether it be 787, 737, 747 and bringing all those together,” said Jason Clark.
A traditional airplane wing is aluminum. The new 777X wing is much larger and lighter and it made of a carbon fiber composite.
“What it is going to allow them to do is let them fly further, fly new routes while using the same airports because of the same wing design,” said Paul Clark.
The first 777X flight is slated for 2019. The first delivery to an airline is sheduled a year later to Emirates.