Boeing Begins Assembly Of First Dreamliner | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.27.15

Airborne 04.28.15

Airborne 04.22.15

Airborne 04.23.15

Airborne 04.24.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 04.27.15

Airborne 04.28.15

Airborne 04.22.15

Airborne 04.23.15

Airborne 04.24.15

Tue, May 22, 2007

Boeing Begins Assembly Of First Dreamliner

Imagine A REALLY Big Model Kit...

Final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner began Monday, with a ceremony in Everett, WA.

"Today we begin assembling the first airplane of a new generation," said Scott Strode, 787 vice president of Airplane Definition and Production. "The 787 not only will revolutionize air travel, it represents a new way of building airplanes."

With 568 firm orders from 44 airlines, the 787 is the fastest-selling new airplane in aviation history. The 787 production system was designed using Lean manufacturing techniques in a simplified final assembly process.

"The 787 production system is the culmination of the lessons we've learned building previous airplanes," said Steve Westby, 787 vice president of Manufacturing and Quality. "Using composites on the 787 airframe has a number of manufacturing advantages. We are able to build huge structure in just one piece, which means we essentially have six major end items coming together in final assembly -- the forward, center and aft fuselage sections, the wings, the horizontal stabilizer and the vertical fin."

Boeing states since the 787 is assembled from these large assemblies rather than many smaller pieces, traditional monument assembly tools are not necessary. Portable tools, designed with ergonomics in mind, move the assemblies into place. No overhead cranes are used to move airplane structure.

"A composite airframe also means less waste in production and fewer hazardous materials used during the assembly process," Westby said. "This is good news for the environment and for our team of manufacturing technicians building the airplane."

Although the first airplane will take about seven weeks to assemble, the 787 team looks to continuously improve flow time as production ramps up. Ultimately, Boeing intends to have a 787 roll out of the Everett factory every three days.

The first 787 will roll out of the factory on July 8, 2007.

FMI: www.boeing.com

Advertisement

More News

AOPA Asks FAA To Close Gaps In UAS Rule

Calls NPRM A 'Good First Step Towards Integration' AOPA is asking the FAA to close 'gaps' in the agency’s proposed rules governing small commercial unmanned aircraft systems >[...]

Classic Aero-TV: Adventure Of A Lifetime -- Around The World by MU-2

OK... Admit It -- Wouldn't You Have Loved To Fly In This Adventure? In this video ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell brings us an adventure story. While at the NBAA 2013 con>[...]

Airborne 04.27.15: EAA/Sonex, Ryanair v Biofuel, Sportys' 172Lite

Also: Super Sabre@Oshkosh!!!, A380's 10th, All About That Space, UAV Problem In Japan, Siemens Electric Aero-Propulsion, New Caravan Interiors The Gathering of Eagles is an event h>[...]

House Armed Services Committee Would Cut KC-46, LRS-B

Draft Budget Takes $460 Million From Next-Generation Bomber Program A draft military budget which will be discussed by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) this week would cut>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.15)

All the World's Rotorcraft Started in 1997 by an aviation enthusiast in Estonia, the site claims to be "the biggest helicopter collection in the world, more than 700 helicopters an>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC