Pumping out airplanes…

March 7, 2010 at 12:45 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

And the answer is 29,385!!! That’s a little over 20 planes a day! Today, things have calmed down a little bit, but with the 787 ramping up production there is no telling what might happen in the future.  Lets say the Boeing 787 receives on average 100 orders every year over the next ten years. This is certainly reasonable given the aircraft has over 800 orders already in just over 4 years. If this happens Boeing will need to produce one 787 every 3.6 days just to keep up with demand.

Now that doesn’t seem like a lot of airplanes. After all, we have all seen the moving assembly lines for car manufacturers which put out 100’s of cars per day. Well, considering that an airplane has over 1,000,000 parts while a car might have 1,000, you can see why one airplane every 3.6 days is impressive!

Take a look at the video below which shows the 737 assembly line in Renton, WA. The 737 assembly line is Boeing’s most efficient line and continues to set the standard for aircraft production. Notice the times labeled on the floor next to the airplanes. These are clock times where the airplane needs to move in order to keep production moving. Hopefully we will see something like this of for the 787!!!

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