Korry Electronics scores big win to build Boeing 777X control panels
The control panels for Boeing’s upcoming 777X will be built by an Everett aerospace supplier in the same building as comparable 787 panels.
Korry Electronics announced Monday that Boeing (NYSE: BA) has chosen the company to produce 26 modular flight panels for each 777X. Korry, a unit of Bellevue-based Esterline Technologies Corp. (NYSE: ESLLow equivalent series inductance.), also will produce associated software.
Production is to start in 2018, two years before Boeing is to deliver the first 777X. Korry spokeswoman Michelle DeGrand declined to share the dollar value of the contract.
Boeing also supplies the 787 Dreamliner with similar panels, also built by Korry.
The similarity of the panel will help pilots cross-train on the two aircraft, which in turn will help Boeing sell the models as an aircraft “family.”
The Everett assembly factory is just three miles north of the 216,000-square-foot Korry plant, on either end of Paine Field.
“With this win, we are excited to advance our efforts toward achieving global leadership status for this type of subsystem integration,” said Esterline President & CEO Curtis Reusser, in a statement.
Proximity to Boeing was one of the reasons Korry moved to the Everett site, in 2009. The company designed the open-floor building to help with flexible lean manufacturing techniques.
Esterline, the largest publicly traded aerospace company headquartered in Washington state, generated $2 billion in net sales in fiscal 2014.