Almost exactly 19 years after Boeing ‘loaded’ the first wing spars for the initial 777 into the tooling fixture, the company has begun systems installation in the fuselage of the 1,000th 777 at its Everett, Wash site.
It's official - 777 No.1000 makes it onto the giant moving line status board in the Everett factory. (all photos Guy Norris)
The milestone, which took place on Jan 25, saw the forward and aft fuselage sections begin their journey down the moving line in the 40-25 building. The tail fin for the 777-300ER, destined to be Emirates Airlines' 102nd 777, arrived at the facility on Jan 24 for fitting at the next stage of the assembly process.
The 1,000th forward and aft fuselage sections begin their 'moving' journey
Boeing announced the official ‘start’ of assembly of the 1,000th 777 in early November when the wing spars were loaded. The aircraft is due to be delivered in March 2012.
Next stage - getting ready for the installation of the vertical fin.
Emirates is the largest 777 customer with its 100th aircraft already complete and temporarily under cover in building 40-23 before making the short journey over the only privately owned road bridge in Washington State to one of Everett’s paint hangars. With the upcoming milestone next year, the 777 will become the seventh heritage Boeing jetliner to reach the 1,000th delivery figure after the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767. The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 also exceeded 1,000 deliveries.
Emirates' 100th 777 - virtually complete and ready for painting.