Korry picked for 777X panels

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. has picked Korry Electronics, Esterline Corporation’s Everett-based subsidiary, to provide display panels and software for Boeing’s 777X airplane, which is in development.

The panels will be made at Esterline’s Korry plant at Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing’s Everett plant. The company already makes panels for the 787 Dreamliner there.

The panels will use Esterline’s Avista software services and Mason rotary switches, which are painted partially by hand.

Esterline President and CEO Curtis Reusser said in a prepared statement that winning the contract boosts the Bellevue-based company’s “efforts toward achieving global leadership status for this type of subsystem integration.”

In all, the company will supply 26 modular flight deck panels, which pilots use to monitor and control aircraft systems.

The components and software for the 777X will be very similar to what Esterline provides for the 787. That similarity will make it easier for pilots to switch from one model to the other, one of Boeing’s design goals with the 777X. Having common cockpit design means lower training costs and a more flexible workforce for airlines flying thep planes.

The company earlier this month showed off cockpit displays with swipe-touch technology at the Paris Air Show.

Esterline employs about 650 people at Korry’s 216,000-square-foot plant, which was built in 2009. The subsidiary is the core of Esterline’s Control &Communication Systems, which was created in 2013.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.

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