Hanger Opens To Meet 737 Production
By Daniel Baxter
July 15, 2011 - Boeing has opened a new paint hangar near its Renton, Washington, facility that will help increase its Next-Generation 737 production capacity.
The 737 program currently produces 31.5 airplanes per
month and expects to go to 35 per month in early 2012,
38 per month in second quarter 2013 and then to 42 per
month in the first half of 2014.
One of the first airplanes to be painted in the
facility, a 737-700 for Southwest Airlines, was
completed yesterday. Paint crews began work in the
facility at the beginning of this month and now have
incorporated the facility into the 737 production
system. The state-of-the-art facility was refurbished in
collaboration with the city of Renton.
"The City of Renton is working very closely with Boeing
to ensure its ramp up of production of the 737 is
seamless," said Renton Mayor Denis Law.
"The City of Renton is working very closely with Boeing to ensure its ramp up of production of the 737 is seamless," said Renton Mayor Denis Law.
with Boeing's signing of a 20-year lease agreement for the
Renton Municipal Airport, we view the capital improvements such
as those at the paint hangar as important signals that Renton
will continue to be a center of commercial airplane
manufacturing for many years to come. We will continue to do
everything we can to ensure Boeing's continued success."
identified this paint hangar as a key piece of infrastructure to
support our future plans for increased 737 production several
years ago," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general
manager, 737 program. "We have a measured approach to meeting
rate increases on the program. Bringing this facility online
demonstrates our progress."
Boeing expects that the market for single-aisle aircraft will continue to grow over the next decade and beyond. With that outlook, the 737 program is taking several steps to ensure enough capacity to meet market demand. The paint hangar was originally built in the late 1950s at the start of the 707 program.
also was used to paint 727s and 757s until 1994. The refurbished
hangar is 165,000 cubic feet (4,672 cubic meters) by volume. The
state-of-the-art environmental control and fire suppression
systems meet all environmental and safety requirements. The
hangar is equipped to paint all Next-Generation 737 models:
-600, -700, -800 and -900. A crew of about eight painters can
paint an entire 737 in about three days, depending on the detail
of the customer's livery.
The Boeing 737 is
a short- to medium-range, twin-engine narrow-body jet airliner.
Originally developed as a shorter, lower-cost twin-engine airliner
derived from Boeing's 707 and 727, the 737 has developed into a family
of nine passenger models with a capacity of 85 to 215 passengers. The
737 is Boeing's only narrow-body airliner in production, with the -600,
-700, -800, and -900ER variants currently being built.
envisioned in 1964, the initial 737-100 first flew in 1967, and entered
airline service in February 1968. It was followed by the lengthened
737-200, which entered service in April 1968. In the 1980s, Boeing
launched the -300, -400, and -500 models, subsequently referred to as
the Boeing 737 Classic series.
The 737 Classics added capacity and incorporated CFM56 turbofan engines along with wing improvements. In the 1990s, Boeing introduced the 737 Next Generation with multiple changes including a redesigned wing, upgraded cockpit, and new interior. The 737 Next Generation comprises the four -600, -700, -800, and -900ER models, ranging from 102 ft (31.09 m) to 138 ft (42.06 m) in length. Boeing Business Jet versions of the 737 Next Generation are also produced.
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