When you look at the size of a 777, it’s almost hard to believe that our team in Everett can build seven of them in a single month. So imagine going even higher! A lot of planning went into another great feat today— as we started building the first 777 at the increased rate of 8.3 airplanes per month (100 per year). The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, was loaded into position this morning.
Flex-track drilling machines will help the program go up to the 8.3 rate. Bob Ferguson photo.
Thanks to people power and new technologies, we’re increasing our 777 production rate to the highest ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. We’ve hired and trained hundreds of new employees to reach this production level. We’ve also incoporated automated spray-painting equipment and flex-track drilling machines to improve quality and safety.
Bob Ferguson photo.
With more than 300 777s in our backlog, the rate hike is necessary to make sure we get this wildly popular airplane into the hands of our customers as soon as possible.
This new crane will lift and carry up to 40 tons of 777 parts and sections. Ed Turner photo.
The first airplane at the new rate, a 777 Freighter, will be delivered to Korean Air. It’s the second piece of great news the 777 program has received this week. Yesterday, Turkish Airlines announced a commitment to order 15 777-300ERs. I know the entire team looks forward to staying busy for many years to come. Enjoy the video below that takes a closer look at how 777 employees play a key role in our rate hike.