Boeing begins work on 1,000th 777

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (November 9) workers began assembling the 1,000th 777. The airplane is a Boeing 777-300 ER (extended range) model. It will be delivered to Emirates Airline (Dubai) in March 2012. Emirates is the largest 777 customer with 95 777s currently in its fleet; the 1,000th 777 will be its 102nd.Production began with loading of the 97-foot (29.5 meter) wing spar – the main support structure for the wing – into a giant tool that automatically drills, measures and installs more than 5,000 fasteners into the spar. The spar components are built in Auburn, Washington, by Boeing Fabrication employees.

Photo: Boeing.

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