50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Boeing Helena Site Expands to Support 777X Airplane Production

Download: Printable PDF Date: 19 Aug 2017 10:49 category:
Publisher:
Boeing Helena Site Expands to Support 777X Airplane Production - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: United States Aircraft: Airplanes

New 90,000 square-foot facility to begin machining parts for Boeing’s newest family of twin-aisle aircraft. Over the past seven years, Boeing has built a strong presence in Montana, and last year spent nearly $12 million with 58 suppliers and vendors in the state, supporting 470 direct and indirect jobs.

Boeing employees and community members today commemorated the 90,000 square-foot expansion of Boeing Helena to support 777X airplane production. Boeing Helena is set to install new machine tools to fabricate critical titanium parts for the 777X.

 “Our investment in Boeing Helena is a testament to our incredible, hard-working team members and their ability to deliver on our commitments to The Boeing Company,” said Kim Smith, vice president and general manager. “It further positions our highly-skilled Montana team of nearly 150 employees as a key partner for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.”

Now more than 257,000 square feet, Boeing Helena has distinguished itself as a vital part  of the supply chain, specializing in complex machining of hard metals for Boeing Commercial Airplanes 737, 747, 767, and 787 airplane models – and now the 777X. The new parts machined in Helena for the 777X will include side-of-body chords, and terminal end fittings which connect the wings to the fuselage.

 “When people think of Montana, they think ‘Big Sky Country,’ mountains, agriculture and ranching,” said Cathy Burwell, Helena Area Chamber of Commerce president. “It is exciting to watch members of the Helena community contribute to such a technologically advanced product and America’s number one exporter. Last year alone, Boeing spent nearly $12 million with 58 Montana suppliers and vendors in the state and supported 470 direct and indirect jobs. The expansion of Boeing Helena further establishes Boeing’s place as part of the fabric of the Montana community.”

The 777X will have 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition and introduces the latest innovative technologies including an all-new high-efficiency wing. Boeing is building on the passenger-preferred interior of today’s 777 and the 787 interior innovations to create a passenger experience like no other.



Loading comments for Boeing Helena Site Expands to Support 777X Airplane Production...


Recommended

Mont Blanc Hélicoptères settles in Strasbourg – Entzheim

As part of its development in France, the Mont Blanc Helicopters company, based in Annemasse (Haute-Savoie), has opened a base on the Strasbourg-Entzheim airport. Thanks to this strategic impl...

AIR OPS Europe Brings Together Ground Support Community

Europe’s premier event for business aviation flight operations professionals saw a significant rise in attendance and enthusiasm at its second annual edition this week. Feedback from attendees,...

Russia wants to supply the SSJ-100 and MC-21 aircraft to Algeria

Russia is interested in delivering its planes to Algeria: the Sukhoi Superject 100 (SSJ-100) and, over time, the MC-21. This issue was discussed within a working group, Russian Energy Minister Alexand...

Bell Helicopter begins delivery of nine Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Chile

Bell Helicopter announced the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs to Eagle Copters South America headquartered in Santiago. The aircraft will be used for corporate transportation. “We...