posted on Oct, 30 2013 @ 08:32 PM
Boeing has announced that they are going to spread the design work for the 777-X among several sites. Much of the work will take place at the new
Charleston facility, with work also being done at the Missile Defense Center in Huntsville, the C-17 facility at Long Beach (which closes soon), the
cargo rotorcraft facility in Philiadelphia, the fighter and weapons facility in St. Louis, and Russian engineers at the Moscow facility.
Part of the decision is based on the sheer size of the program. They are also a bit gunshy about production after the outside production problems
with the 787 program. They have yet to decide if the aircraft will be produced at Everett, where the -200LR and -300ER are produced, or if they'll
use another facility.
Boeing today announced that many of the component details for the 777X aircraft family will be designed by the company’s engineers located
outside the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
Continuing a trend of distributing design work on new commercial aircraft, “much of the detailed design” on the 777X will be done at Boeing’s
new factory in Charleston, South Carolina, and several sites normally associated with the company’s defence programmes, Boeing says.
The list of 777X design teams includes Boeing’s missile defence centre in Huntsville, Alabama, the soon-to-be-shuttered C-17 site in Long Beach,
California, the cargo rotorcraft factory in Philadelphia and the fighter and weapons production complex in St. Louis, Missouri.
Russian engineers at the Boeing Design Center in Moscow also will participate in the 777X detailed design, Boeing says.