Boeing Everett Factory

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Boeing's Everett facility. The main production building is seen in the background to the left.

The Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington, is an airplane assembly building owned by Boeing. Located on the northeast corner of Paine Field, it is the largest building in the world by volume at 13,385,378 m3 (472,370,319 cu ft) and covers 399,480 m2 (98.3 acres).[1] This is the factory where the wide-body Boeing 747, 767, 777, and 787 are assembled.

Plans for the factory were first announced in 1966 for it to be the site of the construction of the 747 after Boeing was awarded a $525 million contract from Pan American World Airways to build 25 747s. It purchased 780 acres north of the then little-used Paine Field, which was operated by the US Army in World War II. Boeing had an Everett presence since 1943[2] In 1968 it began offering factory tours with the first roll out of the 747.[3]

The factory includes a BECU branch, 6 Tully's Coffee stands (1 of which is in the delivery center), and several cafés. Across the airport to the west is The Boeing Store, a theater, and a Future of Flight Aviation Center, which runs the factory tour.

Aircraft in production[edit]

747-8I assembly line

Boeing 747[edit]

Main article: Boeing 747

The Boeing 747 was one of the first wide-body aircraft to be produced and was the first jet to use the wide-body idea for carrying passengers. Because of the great size of the 747, the Boeing Everett Factory was designed and built to accommodate the assembly of these large planes as there was not enough room at the Boeing facilities in Seattle. Production of this plane began in 1967 and is still going on.

These are the 747 variants currently in production:

Boeing 767[edit]

Main article: Boeing 767
Air New Zealand Boeing 767 landing

The Boeing 767 is a medium- to long-range airplane family. It is designed to accommodate between 181 and 375 passengers. Production of this plane began in 1979.

These are the 767 variants currently in production:

Boeing 777[edit]

A Boeing 777 Freighter before a test flight
Main article: Boeing 777

The Boeing 777 is a wide-body airliner designed to fill the size gap between the 747 and 767. In order to have the space to build the 777, Boeing spent nearly 1.5 billion dollars on expanding the factory, doubling its size. Production began on the 777 in 1993.

These are the 777 variants currently in production:

Boeing 787[edit]

Jetstar's first 787 being built.
Main article: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was the airliner built to replace the 767. It is built mainly from composites to reduce weight. Production began on the 787 in 2006.

In February 2011, Boeing announced that some 787 work was being moved to a plant in North Charleston, South Carolina in order to relieve overcrowding of 787s at Everett caused by large volumes of 787 orders.[5]

These are the 787 variants currently in production:

Airport[edit]

Aircraft are delivered as a whole from the Paine Field Snohomish County Airport right adjacent and south to the plant.

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Preceded by
NASA Vehicle Assembly Building
Largest Building by Volume
1967—present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Coordinates: 47°55′33″N 122°16′19″W / 47.925718°N 122.271845°W / 47.925718; -122.271845 (Boeing Everett Factory)