Advanced Manufacturing for the 21st Century
The 747-400 uses state-of-the-art assembly processes to ensure high product quality, reduce delivery cycle times, and lower both maintenance and production costs.
Boeing recently completed a five-year effort to modernize the 747's design/build process. More than 10,000 engineering drawings for the airplane's huge fuselage were digitized into data sets, enabling the production of highly accurate parts.
These data sets also allow for laser-guided assembly of skin panels in all-new tooling.