Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be assembled because the wings are the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet...

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Construction progresses at the site of the new Boeing 777X Composite Wing Center Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Everett, Wash. Boeing is investing more than $1 billion for construction and outfitting of the new 1-million-square-foot facility, located on the north side of the main final assembly building, which will be used for composite wing fabrication for the company's newest commercial jetliner. The wings for the 777X will be the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet wide. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.

The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be assembled because the wings are the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet wide.

The 777X is expected to be more fuel efficient than the standard Triple Seven and carry as many as 400 passengers on flights as far as 9,500 miles.

Boeing says it has 300 orders and commitments for two 777X models, which compete with the Airbus A350.

The new wing center is expected to be completed in May 2016. The first delivery of the 777X is targeted for 2020.

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