Boeing Everett Factory
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). It is where wide-body Boeing 747s, 767s, 777s, and the new 787 Dreamliner 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 Airlines 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 In 1968 it began offering factory tours with the first roll out of the 747.
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 Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, which runs factory tours.
Aircraft in production
The Boeing 747 was the first ever wide-body aircraft to be produced. The Boeing Everett Factory was originally designed and built to assemble the Boeing 747 as there was not enough room at the Boeing facilities in Seattle. The 747-8 is currently in production in the Everett factory.
The Boeing 767 is a medium to long range airplane family. It is designed to accommodate between 181 and 375 passengers. The Boeing 767-200 is the only 767 out of production. Here is the list of airplanes in production:
The Boeing 777 is a wide-body airliner designed to fill the size gap between the 747 and 767. Four of the six variants are still in production. Variants:
- Boeing 777-200ER (Extended Range)
- Boeing 777-200LR (Long Range)
- Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range)
- Boeing 777F (Freighter)
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner family currently has two models, the 787-8, 787-9. The 787-8 official rollout was on July 8, 2007 (7.8.07)
There are two engine types available for the 787:
- Rolls-Royce: RR Trent 1000
- General Electric: GEnx1B
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.
Aircraft are delivered as a whole from the Paine Field Snohomish County Airport right adjacent and south to the plant.
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