Making room for MAX

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.

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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.

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Each cart and rack is carefully wrapped in industrial-strength plastic wrap to ensure all the parts make their way to the new line.

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Then each wing is carefully lifted…

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—-and loaded onto a dolly for a trip across the Renton parking lot.

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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.

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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!

Comments (6)

Lee Webb (Warwick England UK):

I like the bright state of the art LED lights on the 787 dreamliners will the new generation 737 max aircraft have them

Tim (Baltimore home of the Super Bowl champs the Ravens):

Randy I have worked in production and I know it cost a lot of money to just move a production line.
I worked at a company that produced cups and plastic ware and when they moved the plastic lid production just upstairs it cost them a few millions of dollars.
Hope you are recycling that plastic wrap because I too have worked with that plastic wrap before and it's not cheap.
Keep up the good work Boeing and Randy.
Instead of the old ABC afternoon cartoon school house rock song conjunction conjunction what's your function the song for this article is production production what's your function.

Lorenzo (Florence):

It is amazaing to see the level of preparedness and skills that Boeing and their employees are abla to achieve. This would have created delay and line production break down in many others big company but Boeing is able to get a low impact or no impact at all in his production system. i think this is due to the level of experience achieved along century of aircrafts building. I am sure those wing will be in flight pretty soon and performing their task perfectly. Thumbs up to Boeing!

Jonah (Boston):

You betta work!! Good progress on the max team.

Andrew (Boise, ID USA):

I recently reviewed Boeing's press releases (Boeing.com)from last July during Paris airshow. One thing that struct me was the Max Delivery timeline was moved up to 3rd quarter 2017. Like all good planners, fudge room is built into that goal. I am eagerly expecting closer to the first quarter of 2017 to be the reality, because of the people you have at Renton, WA. in its design, production and suppliers. Engineering is moving quickly making this vision a reality. Plant activity is indicative of what has been accomplished to-date on the Max. The Game is afoot as the excitement builds. The competition knows this as well. It a good day to be in Renton,WA!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Chris Griffin of (Family Guy) didn't know a 5am existed much less a 4am. The employees put in hard work and time in the clock that is austere. Without the hours put in, we would not have this kind of production and many months would be added to the waiting list. The orders are big for the 737MAX and I suspect the 737 will be in production well beyond 2030.

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