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Boeing/Renton Production Question

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:13 pm

With Boeing announcing that they will open a 3rd production line for 737s at Renton to do a total of 42 per month, my question is, when they were producing 4 different models at Renton (707, 727, 737, 757), were they ever doing more than that total per month?
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RE: Boeing/Renton Production Question

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:36 am

Definitely not, but the market then wasn't as large as the market now, and the four models only overlapped for a short time - a time for these purposes we'll define as the months between the 757's first flight in February, 1982 and the cessation of 727-200Adv production in September of 1984.

About 20 military 707s and about 40 727-200Advs were built during this time, not exactly numbers but not far off.

I may be slightly off but at the time the 727 line shut down, 43 757s had been completed - pretty sure that's exact.

The 737 was up to around line #850 in early 1982, and up to around #1060 in late September, 1984, so figure around 210 of those were delivered in that time (not an exact figure) including probably the first 8 to 10 737-300s.

Being generous and not particularly exact, that's around 313 planes over 32 months, or around 10 per month.

[Edited 2012-11-15 16:43:34]
 
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RE: Boeing/Renton Production Question

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:48 am

Quoting bigbird (Thread starter):
With Boeing announcing that they will open a 3rd production line for 737s at Renton to do a total of 42 per month, my question is, when they were producing 4 different models at Renton (707, 727, 737, 757), were they ever doing more than that total per month?

Not even close. Looking only at deliveries of Renton-built aircraft for the 3 years that all 4 types were in production simultaneously (1982, 1982, 1984...the last 727 was delivered in '84), the annual totals were as follows:

..........1982...1983...1984
707......8..........8..........8
727.....26........11.........8
737.....95........82........67
757......2.........25........18

Total...131.....126......101

Or an average of only about 10 deliveries per month of the 4 narrowbody types combined.

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