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777 production hits 8.3 a month

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 24, 2012
A Flex-Track machine drills and countersinks holes on a 777 fuselage section splice. (Boeing)

Boeing has begun building the first 777 at the increased rate of 8.3 per month, the highest production rate ever for a twin-aisle airliner.

The production rate represents a 20 per cent increase over the previous seven per month rate, and has been made possible through the employment of additional staff and new equipment such as ‘Flex-Track’ drilling machines for the body and wings area and automated spray-painting equipment.

The first 777 to come off the Everett line at the increased rate will be a freighter variant for Korean Air, expected to be delivered in February 2013.  There are currently 1,049 777s in service of the 1,380 ordered.


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