Boeing Everett Factory

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Boeing Everett Factory
Boeing Everett Plant.jpg
The Boeing Everett Factory in March 2008
Location Everett, Washington
Products airplane assembly
Area largest building in the world by volume
Owner(s) Boeing

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 (98.7 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 has 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 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]

Boeing 747[edit]

Main article: Boeing 747
Boeing's Everett facility. The main production building is seen in the background to the left.

The Boeing 747 is a large-size, long-range wide-body four-engine jet airliner. The 747-8I, the current passenger variant in production, is capable of carrying 467 passengers in a typical 3-class configuration, has a range of 8,000 nmi (9,200 mi; 15,000 km) and a cruising speed Mach 0.855 (570 mph, 918 km/h, 495 kn). The Boeing 747 was one of the first wide-body aircraft to be produced and was the first jet to use a wide-body configuration for carrying passengers. Because of the vast 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 aircraft began in 1967 and continues to this day.

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 mid- to large-size, long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner. The 767-300ER, the current passenger variant in production, is capable of carrying 218 passengers in a typical 3-class configuration, has a range of 5,990 nmi (6,890 mi; 11,090 km) and a cruising speed Mach 0.80 (530 mph, 851 km/h, 470 kn). 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 large-size, long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner. The 777-300ER, the current passenger variant in production, is capable of carrying 386 passengers in a typical 3-class configuration, has a range of 7,830 nmi (9,010 mi; 14,500 km) and a cruising speed Mach 0.84 (554 mph, 892 km/h, 482 kn). Production of this plane began 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 is a mid-size, long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner. The current passenger variants in production, are capable of carrying 242–290 passengers in a typical 2-class configuration, have a range of 7,355 nmi (8,464 mi; 13,621 km)–7,635 nmi (8,786 mi; 14,140 km) and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (562 mph, 902 km/h, 487 kn). Production of this plane began 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)