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.
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.
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.
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.