Where Are Boeing Aircraft Manufactured
Author: Australis Gifts Date Posted:31 January 2020
The headquarters for The Boeing Company is in Chicago - Illnois, (USA). Not only does Boeing produce commercial aircraft it also produces military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defence systems, launch systems, and advanced information and communication systems.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes (a business unit of The Boeing Company) is the manufacturer of more than 10,000 aircraft flying around the world today, almost half of all commercial aircraft in the world. Boeing Commercial Airplanes employs almost 64,000 employees as of 1st January, 2019, and has it's headquarters in Seattle (WA).
There are currently five families of Boeing commercial aircraft (737, 747, 767, 777, and 787) that are assembled in 3 major facilities in the United States - Renton and Everett in Washington State, and at North Charleston in South Carolina. The Renton plant builds the narrow-body 737. The Everett plant is home to the widebody 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner assembly lines. The 787 Dreamliner is also assembled at North Charleston.
The Renton plant builds the Boeing 737. The first 737 was built at Boeing Field and flew in 1967 whilst 707 and 727 aircraft were being built down the road at Renton. The first Renton built 737 was completed in November 1970. More than 12,000 people are employed at the Renton plant. The factory building covers 102,000 square metres (1.1 million square feet) and houses three production lines producing the Boeing 737NG and the Boeing 737 MAX. The 737 fuselage are delivered by train from Wichita in Kansas 3,200 kms (2,000 miles) away. It takes about 10 days to assemble a 737. Also built at the Renton plant were the 707, 727 and 757. Manufacture of the 757 finished in November, 2005 after 23 years of production.
The Everett plant was built in 1967 to manufacture the Boeing 747. The main assembly building has an enclosed area of 13.4 million cubic metres (472 million cubic feet) over an area of 39.8 hectares (98.3 acres), and is reportedly the largest building in the world based on volume. More than 30,000 people work at the Everett plant. Production of passenger versions of the 767 ceased in 2012 however a freighter version of the 767 is still in production at Everett. A Boeing 777 takes about 49 days to be built, plus time for painting and testing - all up about 83 days to be delivered. A 787 takes about three weeks to assemble with many of the parts coming from overseas, for example South Korea (wing tips), Japan (wing and forward fuselage), Australia (moveable trailing edge), Italy (centre fuselage and horizontal stabiliser), France (passenger doors and landing gear structure), Sweden (cargo access doors), Canada (moving trailing edge, wing and body fairing), and the United Kingdom (Rolls-Royce engines).
North Charleston Plant
The North Charleston plant is Boeing's second 787 Dreamliner assembly and delivery facility. Announced in October 2009 the first plane left the facility in April 2012. The final assembly building is 317m long (1,041 ft) and 188m wide (618 ft). Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo planes are used to transport 787 components to the Everett and North Charleston plants from around the world. Whilst both the 787-8 and 787-9 are built at Everett and North Charleston the B787-10 is exclusively assembled at the North Charleston plant.
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