Wed, Jan 11, 2012
Company Delivers First 737 Built At The New Rate Of 35
Airplanes A Month
As of Tuesday, Boeing successfully achieved a production rate of
35 airplanes a month for the Next-Generation 737, with the delivery
of the first airplane produced at the new rate to AWAS Aviation
Services, Inc. Norwegian Air Shuttle will lease the airplane from
AWAS. The 35th airplane to be built at the new rate is on schedule
to roll out of the factory today which demonstrates that the
production system has been operating successfully at a rate of 35
airplanes a month.
Employees will focus on stabilizing the production rate at 35 a
month while investments are underway to go up in rate to 38 737s a
month in second quarter 2013 and 42 a month in the first half of
2014. Leaders of the 737 program acknowledged employees'
contributions to achieving the record rate at an employee
celebration at the Renton factory today. Employee teams implemented
new lean improvements to create production capacity.
"Working as a team, we have achieved production levels never
previously reached," Beverly Wyse, vice president and general
manager of the 737 program, told employees. "It's because of the
focus and dedication of 737 employees that we've reduced waste in
our production system and identified opportunities to further
increase our productivity.
"The first airplane at the 35-a-month production pace rolled out
of the factory the smoothest ever. Only eight jobs were completed
outside of our production sequence out of thousands and we only
experienced three part shortages during production," Wyse said.
The program also celebrated securing production of the 737 MAX
at the Renton factory. "The capability of this team played heavily
into the decision to keep the 737 MAX here in Renton," Wyse said.
"With the years of dedication and experience our employees have,
there's no one better at designing and building the 737."
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