Boeing’s best-selling 737 just keeps on rolling. The program has just started building its first airplane at the new, increased rate of 38 per month.
737 wing mechanics Jon Powell, Jared Sanchez, Ron Doleman, Mike Graham and Ron McNabb lift a 737 wing spar part into the automated spar assembly tool. Jim Anderson photo.
Over the past two years, production of the 737 has jumped more than 20 percent. And we still aren’t finished with our rate increases. In 2014, we’ll go up to 42 airplanes per month.
Jared Sanchez of 737 Wings fastens a piece of a 737 wing spar into the automated spar assembly machine. Jim Anderson photo.
Mechanics have been loading initial parts of the spars for the first airplane at the new rate into an automated spar-assembly machine. The spar is the first step in building the wings and marks the start of major manufacturing for an airplane.
A look inside the 737 factory in Renton today.
As always, employee teams have been instrumental in helping the program step up to the new rate—- developing and implementing innovative efficiency improvements.
Congrats to the team in Renton for another amazing achievement.