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Boeing rolls out first 777 built at faster rate

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
January 10, 2013 1:10 pm

The first Boeing 777 produced at a production rate of 8.3 planes a month rolled out of Boeing’s Everett plant this week as the assembly line settled into its fastest production rate ever.

The plane is a freighter version of Boeing’s popular long-range twin jet destined to be delivered next month to Korean Air.

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First 777 at higher production pace rolls out of Everett factory

The increase to the 8.3 production pace is the second speed-up Boeing has implemented on the 777 assembly line in less than three years. The company first raised its assembly line rate to seven planes a month in 2011 from five.

Beginning in October, Boeing dialed up the speed again on the line to 8.3 per month.

“As we built the first airplane at the new rate, we saw some of the best production metrics ever,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, 777 program and airplane development. “Our factory is running smoothly and we’ve reduced the time it takes to build a 777 by one day from 49 to 48 days.”

“Employee involvement teams have been critical to the rate increase,” Fancher said. “Ideas from those teams are saving time while improving quality and safety.”

Triple seven deliveries now total 1,066. A total of 1,431 have been ordered by 66 customers around the world.

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