Here’s a trivia question for you. What’s the only airplane that doesn’t roll out the south doors of our Everett factory? The answer is— the 767.
You may remember that back in January 2011, the 767 line moved to a smaller, more efficient factory on the north side of the building to make way for the 787 temporary surge line.
Crews prepare airplane No. 1044 to leave the 767 factory in Everett.
Since the move to its new home, moving a 767 to the flight line has become a tightly choreographed dance. Once the tool and door stands are removed, the airplane’s struts are inflated with nitrogen to lift the airplane. Then a tug is connected to the airplane with a tow bar before being moved along the back of the factory and finally to the flight line.
767 No. 1044 is towed carefully out the north door of the Everett factory. The 767 is the only airplane that exits from that side of the Everett complex.
Speaking of rollouts, the 767 program accomplished one of its main goals this year when Line Number 1044 came out of the factory a few days ago. The team wanted to cut down on the number of unfinished jobs, or “travelers” (jobs that travel with the airplane) left to be completed once the airplanes leave the factory.
Line Number 1044 heads out to the flight line with the fewest active jobs remaining of any 767 to date.
With Line 1044, only five jobs were still open. Getting those travelers into the single digits cuts down on both time and expense. The program credits its employee involvement teams for driving this efficiency. Congrats to the 767 team on another great year!