Here’s some exciting news. The first major piece of the 737 MAX production puzzle is now in place. Recently, employees in Renton moved Wings Systems Installation from our Final Assembly building over to the wings building. I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story.
The moving crew met up at 4 a.m. to talk through the logistics of the big move. These wings are headed back to the building where they were originally constructed to be “stuffed” with systems on a new Systems Installation line.
Each cart and rack is carefully wrapped in industrial-strength plastic wrap to ensure all the parts make their way to the new line.
Then each wing is carefully lifted…
—-and loaded onto a dolly for a trip across the Renton parking lot.
The wings are in place in their new location before lunch time. The move went so smoothly that the team didn’t miss a beat in production, starting work back up the next shift, which is important when customers are counting on us to deliver airplanes at record rates.
This final wing is nearly complete so it is staged to go to the wing-to-body join position in final assembly rather than make the trip to the new location.
With the freed up space inside final assembly, work can now begin on two new double-decker fuselage systems installation tools. This will consolidate fuselage systems installation in one location, ultimately freeing up floor space for a MAX dedicated production line which we’ll use to prove the build of the new airplane before mixing it with Next-Generation 737 production in the rest of the factory.
These production moves are significant— not only being the culmination of months of planning, but also revealing the flawless execution of the Boeing team in Renton. 737 MAX production is scheduled to begin in final assembly in 2015. Congrats on the big move!