Boeing executives, employees and local government officials today kicked off the project to expand Boeing's 737 Commercial Delivery Center (CDC) at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. The project more than doubles the space that will be available for customers and Boeing groups supporting the increasing 737 deliveries.
“Our customers expect and deserve a first-class facility when they come to pick up their airplanes and we think these improvements will take their experience to that next level,” said Beverly Wyse, 737 vice president and general manager told attendees. “A larger, more capable facility is essential as we continue to increase our rates and get ready for the introduction of the new 737 MAX.”
The CDC expansion is the latest of many of investments Boeing is making in the Puget Sound region and in the future of the 737 program.
The expanded CDC will be more than 90,000 sq. ft. in size and include a new three-story building, new delivery and departure areas with three covered jetways. The buildings will include additional space for customers and Boeing support groups as well as a new entryway. The design features an open, airy look with large windows overlooking the Boeing Field flight line.
Production of the 737 is set to increase to 42 airplanes per month in April and again in 2017 to 47 airplanes a month, which will be an increase in output of nearly 50 percent since 2010. Deliveries of the 737 MAX, with the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines and other efficiency enhancements like Advanced Technology winglets, will also begin in 2017 at the upgraded facility.
Plans are in place to ensure seamless deliveries to 737 customers during construction, which includes the demolition of one building. The CDC expansion is scheduled for completion in mid-2015.