August 28, 2007 Airplane manufacturing giant Boeing has announced the completion of its 3,000th aircraft built its Everett site in Washington. Coincidently, the factory is also celebrating 40 years in operation this year. The widebody 777-200ER (Extended Range) model was delivered to Korean Air and joins the a worldwide fleet of Boeing 747, 767 and 777 airplanes that have flown more than 34.5 million flights across 71 billion nautical miles.
"This Korean Air 777 exemplifies the amazing accomplishments that have taken place at this factory over the past 40 years," said Ross R. Bogue, vice president and general manager, 747/767/777 Programs and Everett site. Bogue attributes the success of the factory to the hard work of employees and a commitment to safety, quality, reliability and value.
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More than 80 per cent of 3,000 airplanes constructed at the Everett site are still in service around the world today. Bogue credits the design and durability of the Beoing range with this high number. "The Boeing 747, 767 and 777 are amazing airplanes with an unparalleled record of reliability, which is illustrated by the number of Boeing widebody airplanes in service today," he said.
The completion of the 3,000th airplane at Everett occurs nine years after the celebration of the 2,000th delivery. That aircraft, a 747-400, was purchased by British Airways in May 1998.
In another milestone for 2007, Boeing launched its new 787 Dreamliner back in July. The Dreamliner provides quieter takeoffs and landings, produces fewer carbon emissions and uses 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similar aircraft.