There’s a strong chance you’ll be packed inside a Boeing 737 if you fly frequently. From its beginnings as a shorter, less expensive twin-engine aircraft derived from the 707 and 727 types, the Boeing 737 has developed into a family of ten passenger variants with capacity ranging from 85 to 215 persons. At any given time, there are about 2,000 of these commercial aviation aircraft in the skies, and one out of every three commercial flights makes use of them.
With a monthly production rate of 42 airplanes, Boeing claims that the 1.1 million square foot factory, which is ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to Seattle, is the most productive airplane factory in the world. In Boeing’s Renton Production Facility, where a 737 is built in just nine days, they were all created.
The first 737 was built in 1966, and production ᴍᴇᴛʜods have significantly changed since then. The main difference is that now, instead of having the airplanes constructed in a single site, they are on a mobile assembly line very similar to that employed in the production of cars.
This has the effect of accelerating manufacturing, which decreases production costs and, at the same time, shortens order backlogs and client wait times. The line moves at a continuous 2 inches per minute, stopping only for worker breaks, production issues, or shift changes. Workers can see the manufacturing process’s development thanks to timeframes painted on the floor.
Airbus, Boeing’s main competitor, is a bitter opponent. The 737 is the best-selling jet ever, which has been sold more than 9,000 times since its launch in 1967, but the Airbus A320 is no slouch. Since the airliner’s introduction in 1984, the business has given out around 6,700 of them.
In the video below, you will see how Boeing builds a 737 aircraft in just 9 days:
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