Boeing ramps up production ready for the 737 Max
With orders for the new, high tech 737 Max increasing, Boeing has been ramping up production.
Boeing has a strong order book for 737 aircraft, both the current model Next Generation planes and the upcoming Max models.
Currently forty two 737 aircraft roll off the production line per month, and by 2018 Boeing want them “flying out the door” at 52 per month. Efforts have been made across the factory floor to iron out all of the obstacles the assemblers face that could slow the work down.
Amidst this increase in production rate, the manufacturing team have to incorporate the requirements of the new Max models. For a while the production line will be manufacturing both generations of aircraft.
The 737 “Max” will be phasing out the “Next Generation” series of 737, which has been in production since 1995. The 737 family has been in service since 1967, when it was first nicknamed the “Baby Boeing”.
The 737 family has proved extremely popular with carriers the world over, and its ability to work on smaller runways has resulted in its use being widespread.
By 1987 the 737 was the most-ordered commercial plane in aviation history, and in 2012 became the first jet aircraft to pass the 10,000 orders milestone.
The 737 Max family now includes 737 Max 7,8, 9 and 200.
By the end of March, Boeing had received orders for 2,715 of the new 737 Max aircraft.
The first ever 737 built can be seen on display at the Museum of Flight, in Seattle, Washington USA.
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