On October 19th, 2015, Boeing celebrated the opening of their enhanced delivery center in Seattle. Used to deliver 737s to more than 500 737 operators around the world, the delivery center was redesigned in order to meet increasing demands for the 737.
According to Boeing, the expansion has added over twice as much space, and includes two buildings with three delivery positions for aircraft. With a total space of 90,000 square feet now making up the Seattle Delivery Center, it gives production teams much more room to work with as the Boeing portfolio continues to grow with its single-aisle aircraft. Over the next decade, Boeing looks forward to using the new delivery center to accomplish at least two deliveries per work day. In 2014, 485 Boeing 737s were handed off to their rightful airlines. So far this year, 375 have been delivered, and that number is still rapidly growing. In fact, 51 of these incredibly popular aircraft were delivered in September alone, exceeding Boeing’s current goal by nine airplanes.
Photos of the new facility:
While Boeing’s 737 serves as the backbone of Southwest Airlines’ fleet, it has also grown in other areas around the world such as Korean Air’s purchase in June and Nok Air’s continued commitment to using the aircraft in Thailand. This growing order backlog has prompted Boeing’s to increase the 737 production rate significantly over the next several years. In 2015, the goal is to produce 42 737s per month, followed by 47 per month in 2017. By 2018, the company expects to produce 52 per month.
Additional features that came out of the fifteen-month long project include covered jetways to replace traditional airstairs as well as a lounge for airline workers. Both serve the purpose of better accommodations customers that are purchasing their new aircraft. With the Boeing 737 taking off or landing somewhere in the world every 1.9 seconds, the expansion of the Seattle Delivery Center will hopefully prove very beneficial to Boeing in the years to come.
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