Boeing rolls out first factory-complete 737 at higher production rate

Victoria
By Victoria December 6, 2011 13:31

Boeing rolls out first factory-complete 737 at higher production rate

Boeing has rolled out its first factory-complete Next-Generation 737 at the production rate of 35 airplanes a month. The new 737-800 was towed to nearby Renton Field where Boeing conducts functional testing and first flights for all new airplanes. Though the airplane still must undergo testing and painting, the milestone represents a major step in demonstrating that Boeing is on track to achieve its announced rate increase of the popular jetliner to 35 a month in early January when it delivers the airplane to Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Boeing has taken a three-fold approach to prepare for the rate increases on the 737 program. The company is making production processes more efficient by working with employee process improvement teams; increasing the production capacity with capital investments and making the site footprint more efficient by moving some production areas and expanding others; and decommissioning outdated equipment.

Boeing will increase the 737 rate to 38 airplanes a month in the second quarter of 2013 and to 42 airplanes a month in the first half of 2014.

Victoria
By Victoria December 6, 2011 13:31
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