Incredibly, it was almost a quarter of a century ago that Boeing program managers described the impending convergence of parts for construction of the first 777 at Everett, Washington, as an “aluminum avalanche.” Fast forward to 2018 and, while the avalanche contains a far larger proportion of composite materials this time, the scene is being repeated as Boeing prepares to assemble the first new-generation 777-9. From the official launch of the 777X in 2013 to the building of ...


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