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bjorn14
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Final Assembly Lines

Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:06 pm

I know that ATR has one FAL that both the -42 and -72 come off of. But what about Boeing, Airbus, EMB, BBD or others? At least for NBs do they have separate FALs or single? Thanks.
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:11 pm

Boeing has a single FAL for all narrowbody (737 family) production located at Renton, Washington.

Airbus has three FALs for narrowbody production. The original is in Toulouse, France, which builds A320s. The second FAL is in Hamburg, Germany and builds all models (A318, A319, A320, A321). A third FAL was built in Tianjin, China, to produce A320s for the Chinese market (plans are to use the plant to build planes for other Asian customers, as well). And Airbus is constructing a fourth FAL in Mobile, Alabama that will build the A319, A320 and A321.
 
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:06 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
Boeing has a single FAL for all narrowbody (737 family) production located at Renton, Washington.

Boeing has *three* 737 FALs at Renton.
 
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:34 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 2):
Boeing has *three* 737 FALs at Renton.


I follow the a.net convention of considering Final Assembly Lines and Final Assembly Buildings to be interchangeable terms. *shrug*

[Edited 2015-03-01 16:35:49]
 
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:57 pm

Quoting rwessel (Reply 2):
Boeing has *three* 737 FALs at Renton.

Does that mean 1 one is for the 73G, one for the 738 and one for the 739?
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:57 pm

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 4):
Does that mean 1 one is for the 73G, one for the 738 and one for the 739?

No. All lines build all versions.

If we're naming separate lines within the same final assembly site, it should also be pointed out the A320 family facility in Hamburg consists of two lines.

Also, when looking at widebodies, the A300 and A310 were built on the same assembly line, and the A330 and A340 also shared an assembly line.
 
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:57 pm

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 4):
Does that mean 1 one is for the 73G, one for the 738 and one for the 739?

Two lines manufacture all commercial models of the 737 (737-700, 737-800, 737-900ER and the BBJs) and one line manufactures the military models (P-8 Poseidon and the AEW&C).

Boeing is revamping the commercial building to add a third line, which will come on line with the 737 MAX (the other two lines will then convert from 737NG to 737 MAX production).
 
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:27 pm

The difference with talking about different lines is also about flexibility. So if you want to move from one product, 737NG for example, to the next product, 737MAX, you can do it line by line.
You can change one line at the time and you have 66% of the production running undisturbed.

In Finkenwerder you could move one line to neo, while the other line is still doing the ceo.

In Toulouse part of the FAL can do both A330 and A350, in that case it is organized in steps rather than lines. Reducing the rate in A330 can accelerate the ramp up of the A350.
 
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RE: Final Assembly Lines

Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:41 pm

Boeing FAL's:
Charleston: 88-30 - 787 - single FA line, will add a second line in 2017.
Renton: 4-81, 4-82, & 4-20 - Dual 737 FA lines (4-81/4-82) with 3rd line (4-20) for ITAR-compliant 737's. Fourth line for the MAX will be added this year in the 4-82 building.
Everett: 40-32 - 767, 40-22 - 747, 40-25 - 777, 40-24/40-26 - 787. 40-24 will eventually be closed to make way for 777X assembly in 2016/2017.

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