The Last 747 produced delivered to Atlas Air on January 31st
+ AirlinerWatch: Video: Thousands Say Goodbye to “Queen of the Skies” as Boeing Delivers Last 747
+ The Points Guy: Boeing’s 747 farewell celebration: What it was like behind the scenes
+ The New York Times (accessible text): Bon Voyage, Boeing 747. You Really Did Change Everything.
+ KING-5 TV, Seattle: Boeing delivers final 747 jumbo jet after 55 years – The final plane is the 1,574th built by Boeing. It was sent off in a ceremony attended by thousands of current and former employees.
Boeing to Open First 737 MAX Production Line in Everett
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal revealed in an email to staff on 30 January that the company will expand its 737 MAX output by opening a new production line at the Everett facility in 2024, as demand soars for the American aircraft manufacturer’s best-selling jet.
For many years, Boeing has solely manufactured its 737s at its Renton facility, originally constructed by the US Navy. The site, known for producing other narrowbody jets such as the 707s, 727s, and 757s, has been the center of 737 production for the company. On the other hand, the company’s Everett plant has been designated for the assembly of widebody planes, such as the 747, 767, 777, and 787.
After shutting down the 747 lines in December 2022 and relocating all 787 production to its plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, the planemaker now has gained available space in its Everett plant.
Boeing plans to establish the new 737 production line in Everett, taking advantage of the area previously utilized for 747 production and currently being used to finalize “join verification” procedures on 787 fuselages.
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