Boeing has opened a new center at its campus in Everett, WA, USA.
Boeing has opened a new center at its campus in Everett, WA, USA.

Boeing has opened a new center at its campus in Everett, WA, USA to build composite wings for the  777X aircraft.

Boeing invested more than $1 billion in the Composite Wing Center (CWC) for construction and outfitting of the new building.

The facility will manufacture the world’s largest composite wings for the 777X, the company's newest commercial jetliner and sustain thousands of local jobs for decades to come, the company said.

The CWC is more than 27 acres under one roof – the equivalent to 25 football fields. It will contain three of the world’s largest autoclaves, each big enough to fit two 737 fuselages inside.

To date, the 777X has accumulated 320 orders and commitments. Two models will comprise the 777X family – the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles. First delivery of the 777X is targeted for 2020.

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