Perfect 10

The 747-8 program just completed something that’s never happened in the history of the 747 factory. The team built 10 consecutive 747-8 Intercontinentals, while making significant efficiency gains and ensuring on-time deliveries to our customers.

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Inside the 747-8 factory in Everett.

Since 2012, when the passenger version of Boeing’s largest airplane was introduced into service and joined the 747-8 Freighter already in production, the 747 team has built about three Freighters for every Intercontinental.

The passenger version has historically taken 25 to 30 percent longer to build that the Freighter. But with this string of 10 consecutive Intercontinentals, the team found ways to reduce build times by 15,000 hours per airplane.

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The 10 Intercontinentals in a row included airplanes for two new customers: Air China, which took its first delivery last September, and Korean Air, which will take delivery later this year.

Congratulations to the entire team for supporting 100 percent on-time delivery during this “Perfect 10” parade.

Comments (9)

dwayne greer (Federal Way):

this goes to show that once you begin to build the same product without making changes it will improve on it's own, but it also takes a dedicated team to make anything a success....

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congratulations and looking forward to new customers in 2015 and beyond!

Ethan (Birmingham):

She is still the biggest and most beautiful of anything you make. Long live the queen!

Cristiano Arruda (Campo Grande, MS, Brazil):

This ensures even more confidence of upcoming clients intending to book orders. This great motion reminds me the times when the building line dedicated space to build lots of the passenger version when clients urged to receive most of them altogether. This is a beautiful thing to see: 10 747-8 Intercontinental side to side. This news made my day better!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

That's awesome! This airplane has always depended on teamwork to make it work, so it's always something when a little bit of The Incredibles shines through and it's built a little better.

By the way, well done on the ETOPs 330 minute FAA achievement. That award demonstrates key level of reliability and maturity of the 747-8.

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

That 15,000 hours chopped off equals 7.2 man years of labour. However, improved efficiency implies its quality component increases within each hour eliminated from its improved process. The best practices turns into the best product. Congratulations Boeing Team with this always improving metric.

Carlos (Lisbon, Portugal ):

Over 100 years of aviation and still the most impressive and nicest civil airliner across the skies. Nothing is perfect and improvements are always expected to keep it shine in the horizon.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

No doubt the 747-8 Intercontinental is like the newly proposed Lincoln Continental of the skies, capacious, powerful, and innovative.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Can't wait to see the Intercontinental in the Korean Air livery. I believe both Air China and Korean Air will eventually order more.

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