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Boeing Blog

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates covers top industry events to bring you the latest news, highlighting how it impacts Boeing and its competitors.

Category: Washington state
July 14, 2014 at 7:24 AM

UPDATED: Boeing says new robotic system for building 777X fuselage is nearly ready

At the Farnborough Air Show Monday, Boeing said the secretive automation process it’s been developing over more than a year for building the fuselage of the  777, which has been undergoing testing inside a facility in Anacortes, is in the final phase of testing and production readiness.

Boeing said the 777X fuselage, which will be assembled in a new building now under construction in Everett, “will be built using automated, guided robots that will fasten the panels of the fuselage together, drilling and filling the more than approximately 60,000 fasteners that are today installed by hand.”

Boeing spokeswoman Elizabeth Fischtziur said the new robotic system “will be implemented first on today’s 777” and once its high rate production capabilities are validated it “is expected to be baseline to 777X fuselage production.”

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July 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Ahead of Farnborough, Boeing touts progress in 787 Dreamliner production

Ahead of the Air Show, Boeing sought to demonstrate that its widebody jet plant in Everett is firing on all cylinders.

Last Tuesday, Pat Shanahan, Boeing senior vice president in charge of airplane programs, gave photographer Mike Siegel and me a guided tour of the 787 assembly lines in Everett.

Shanahan described remarkable progress in Dreamliner production since the years of problems and delays when, he said, “We were really struggling to get out of the ditch.”

A Machinist screws fasteners onto the underside of a Dreamliner 787 wing at the 787 final assembly factory in Everett. Photo: Mike Siegel

A Machinist screws fasteners onto the underside of a Dreamliner 787 wing at the 787 final assembly factory in Everett. Photo: Mike Siegel

He also cited specific improvement this year in the work coming to Everett out of South Carolina.

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July 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

To London for the Farnborough Air Show

I’m writing this in advance of leaving Seattle Thursday to cover the Farnborough Air Show. FIA 2014 logoIt’ll publish just about the time I arrive in London. Ten years ago I went to Farnborough for the first time. This will be my eleventh European Air Show for the Seattle Times.

I’ll use this blog to deliver the news daily, starting in earnest on Sunday, the eve of the Show.

That day, I’ll participate in a media roundtable in central London with Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Ray Conner. I’ll go from there to a reception hosted by Washington state to attract aerospace business.

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