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The Production Method Of A Burst Line  
User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Now, this is just a made up theory, so don't get too far down and technical.

To both Airbus and Boeing:
Both the upcoming 787 and A350 will be made in huge numbers, and the current production facilities won't be able to keep up. Boeing is considering building another line, but they are worried that their suppliers can't keep up, and that the orders won't come in this volume for too long. Here is an idea. It is what I call the "Burst Line"...

At Boeing's Everett site, there are 6 halls. (2 for 747, 1 for 777, 1 for 767, 1 for 787, and 1 spare). <- last time I checked.

The plan is that they build another building (say big enough for 3 whole lines), and use it for 787 production. This would easily handle the immense influx of orders the new aircraft would be getting. Now, after about 5 years, orders would come in at a slower pace, and they would close that line, and use only the 1 line in the main building for the 787. The now empty facility can be used for the initial burst of orders for the 797.

Hence, it is called the Burst Line, because that one assembly building would handle only a given aircraft type for a short while, (while there is a burst of orders). When orders die down for a given type, they can easily reconfigure the line for the next new aircraft and its burst of orders.

Anyone think this is a logical idea?

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User currently offlinePtharris From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Makes complete sense. But don't they still own the Long Beach plant as well? That leaves a vacant line plant once they have rolled out (unless they already have) the last of the 717 airframes. Re-tool and man the line down there and they will pick up the slack. That's assuming the line down there can handle the airframe size. Not sure it will since I don't know much about it. I have heard rumors up here of expansion of the Everett plant.. but really.. where else are they going to expand? Not much left of Everett beyond that point.  Wink

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User currently offlinePlanemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 6919 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Quoting Kaitak744 (Thread starter):
Anyone think this is a logical idea?

On the surface it might seem logical but your idea is not required. Renton has tons of space (if Boeing is still using that facility whenever the "797" goes into service... perhaps in 10 years).

Quoting Kaitak744 (Thread starter):
At Boeing's Everett site, there are 6 halls. (2 for 747, 1 for 777, 1 for 767, 1 for 787, and 1 spare). <- last time I checked.

You are forgetting that there will be more than enough space in Everett for increased 787 production when the 747 goes down to 1 line and the 767 line stops.

Quoting Kaitak744 (Thread starter):
The now empty facility can be used for the initial burst of orders for the 797.

BTW, Boeing is out of the "facilities" business. They have gotten rid of tons of real estate and buildings throughout the Puget Sound. Furthermore, if the 787 is a "3-day" join, the "797" could very well be a "1-day join."

[Edited 2006-08-26 20:44:40]

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