BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3170 times:
Guys.. here's parts of an e-mail that was sent around to Boeing employees in Renton, regarding the final 757. I'm just passing on a few facts (excerpts from the full e-mail) that I gleaned from the message that I thought you'd find interesting.
The one thing I never realized, is that Shanghai Airlines is just now getting their 757s, and only 5 at that! Five is kind of a low number for an aircraft type, eh?
God Speed 757...
"***The following message is being sent to all Renton Programs employees from Carolyn Corvi, vice president and general manager, 737/757 Programs.***
Update: Last 757 Rolling Celebrations
As many of you are aware, production of the last 757 has begun. The very last airplane, line number 1050, is destined for Shanghai Airlines.
Last month, Shanghai Airlines received the first of the five 757s it has ordered. The airline’s reaction and feedback have been very positive. Shanghai executives have said they are very pleased with the quality of the airplane and look forward to receiving their remaining 757s.
A broader celebration will be held when the airplane rolls out of the factory in October. Planning is also under way for a public ceremony when Boeing delivers line number 1050 to Shanghai Airlines in early 2005."
Note to SEA spotters: You had BETTER be there for that event! Royal aka Clickhappy and your compatriots, I beg you to please be on hand, cameras recording every second of these historic events. (Both when the plane rolls out and the final delivery)
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3002 times:
Oh ok.. thanks for the clarification Royal. You're a champ.. let's just hope that the weather works in our favor!
And Leelaw, I'm not exactly sure what that means as far as it's exact status in production. But I would assume that it's the fabrication. I will defer to Vorticity, Ulfinator or one of my other comrades who is more knowledgable then I on this topic.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4453 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2896 times:
By the time they announced to close the line, fall last year, they already had components in stock for a production run til at least 1050, and were stuck with them because CO cancelled their later 757s so there was probably a sweet deal for Xiamen en Shanghai. I imagine those components to be flaps, systems, cockpit panels etc. So the building of # 1050 in fact started earlier, when the first component was being made at a subcontractor.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Vorticity From United States of America, joined May 2004, 337 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
I would guess since it's not rolling out until October, that it hasn't reached Renton yet. She mentions rolling celebrations, so I'm guessing they'll have a little celebration in Wichita when they send the last one out, and so forth.
Unfortunately BCAInfoSys, I don't have the inside scoop on this one It's sad to see it go, if I still lived in Kent I'd be there.