Surging ahead

The temporary surge line for the 787 is now up and running in our Everett factory. And today, I wanted to give you the first look inside.

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Employees position 787 fuselage sections into place on the temporary surge line in Everett. Gail Hanusa photo.

As some of you know, this is a final assembly line designed to help the program steadily increase its production rate from the current 3.5 airplanes per month to 10 per month by the end of 2013, as well as help facilitate the introduction of the 787-9 into the production system next year.

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The main transportation aisle in the Everett factory on moving day to the temporary surge line. Gail Hanusa photo.

The first airplane on the temporary surge line will begin final body join and then go through the remaining steps of the production process. But this line isn’t a mirror image of the original 787 production line. Instead of moving down the line in a nose-to-door configuration, airplanes will be staged in a slanted arrangement at Position 3. After completing interior installations, the airplane will move to Position 4 over on the original line. That’s because work in Position 4 can occur at a faster rate so we can accommodate airplanes from both the original line and the temporary surge line.

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Another view of the aft fuselage section making its way to the temporary surge line last week. Gail Hanusa photo.

This is yet another major sign of progress allowing us to get more and more airplanes into the hands of our customers.

Comments (4)

Paul Brenot (Land O lakes Fl USA):

Would it be possible to have a live web cam showing the assenbly and movement of aircraft from position 0 thru out the door on the other end? A series of cams would allow following the aircraft.
This would be very interesting to all who follow Boeing.

BTW, I got my ATP in the 747. Am a retired Flying Tiger.

Lawrence (Dallas):

Even the fuselages in simple white are gorgeous. I am so happy to see Boeing taking a bite out of the backlog for the 787.

Alvin (Australia):

Well good luck to Boeing. It might be a few years late but the 787 seems to be coming together nicely.

I'm curious about the painting of the 787. Is this the same sort of paint that is used for aluminium skinned planes or does the paint have to be different for a carbon fibre fuselage?

Shame that QF had to cancel their order (for now) but will be nice to see the 787 downunder in JQ (Jetstar) colours.

Norman (Long Beach,CA):

Now I know why their is a missing window space where the fifth window should be from the back of the plane. To whomever airline the plane sections of the completed aircraft will go to, hundreds of thousands of passengers through the life of the aircraft baring any major incident will have been transported safely in style, comfort and quality.

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