When you are an airline customer that drops a few hundred million on some new Boeing aircraft, sometimes you just want your pilots to pick up the plane and go. Other times you might want a celebration. Either way, it should always be exciting every time that Boeing hands over the keys to a customer.

Previously, if an airline just wanted to pick up their plane with little fanfare, they would just pick it up at the Everett Delivery Center (EDC), located on the east side of Paine Field in Everett, WA. If the airline wanted some attention, they would take delivery of their plane at the the Future of Flight across the runway (see Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 777-300ER delivery). There was not much in between.

View of what Boeing expects the new Everett Delivery Center to look like. Photo from Boeing. Click for larger.

View of what Boeing expects the new Everett Delivery Center to look like. Photo from Boeing. Click for larger.

Yesterday, Boeing broke ground on a new delivery center, which will make the picking up experience better for customers picking up their brand spanking new Boeing 747, 767, 777 or 787.

The current facility was built in the late 1960s and then renovated in 2006. The new facility,  which will be 180,000 sq ft (vs 60,000 of the old one), is expected to open in early 2013.

“Our customers are demanding our products like never before,” said Jeff Klemann, vice president of the delivery center. “As we build more airplanes at faster and faster rates, we also need a world-class facility to conduct our delivery operations. The new Everett Delivery Center will be more than just a building; it’s an investment in our customers, our local community, our employees and Boeing’s future.”

The new Everett Delivery Center from the opposite view. Photo from Boeing. Click for larger.

The new Everett Delivery Center from the opposite view. Photo from Boeing. Click for larger.

When asked if the Future of Flight will still play a role in future deliveries, Elizabeth Fischtziur with Boeing Everett Site Communications explained to AirlineReporter.com, “We will continue to work with our airline customers to custom design delivery ceremonies to meet their needs. While the majority of ceremonies will take place at the EDC in our new delivery lounge, it is possible that we will continue to use the Future of Flight from time to time.”

Boeing explained that while the new site is being built, “interim delivery plans are in place,” including the possibility of delivering on the flight line.

Have no fear! I would expect large deliveries, like Lufthansa’s first 747-8 Intercontinental and United’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will most likely have ceremonies at the Future of Flight with great fanfare.

Photos of the ground breaking event yesterday from the Seattle PI.

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5 Comments

Any chance you know exactly where the building is going? Even if just a quick red circle on a Google Map screenshot. Love the blog btw, easily one of my favorite reads (used to live right next to Paine Field).

Hey Ray,

The new EDC will be in about the same foot print as the old one, located on the east side of Paine Field: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=47.917859,-122.277773&ll=47.917582,-122.277435&spn=0.003088,0.008256&num=1&t=h&z=18

David

Cool, but the low ceiling when entering the building is not that great. Would be much nicer if it was a soaring, high ceiling to take advantage of all the window area straight ahead where the airplanes are parked.

Rob Goodman

I hate to say this, but someone will show up at “Boeing Airlines” to catch a flight. I have seen folks pull up to a hanger to catch their flight.

This is a wonderful looking complex. Way to go Boeing.

You can’t fix stupid 🙂

David

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