Production begins on 1st Boeing 737 MAX parts

October 13, 2014 in Our Commitment

Boeing has started production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength.

The start of the stringer process brings the 737 MAX closer to reality. According to the program, it’s an airplane that will be 20 percent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s — with the latest-technology LEAP-1B engines and Advanced Technology winglets. These and other improvements will give it the highest reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Pictured here, Joggle Press operator Rich Harrison prepares the first 737 MAX fuselage stringer for the press by brushing on lubricant. The press applies up to 100 tons (90,718 km) of pressure to form small jogs in the metal to engineering design specifications.

“It’s very exciting now,” said Michael Teal, chief project engineer, 737 MAX program, “Getting the engineering done right, on schedule is a leading indicator that we will be successful in accomplishing what the customers are asking for.”

As stringers are formed in Auburn, there’s been a flurry of activity in Renton, Washington to get ready for the start of 737 MAX Final Assembly next year.

“We’re investing in our factory, in our products and our people,” said Darrel Larson, director, 737 Final Assembly Operations. “It’s amazing that we’re going to be building the MAX here in just under a year.”

By John Flick