Boeing is introducing several improvements on its Boeing 767 assembly line as it ramps up production to meet higher commercial demand and a potential tanker order from the US Air Force.
The new vice president and general manager for Boeing’s 767 program, Kim Pastega, says the manufacturer is now in the process of moving the 767 production operation to a single bay at Everett, resulting in an almost 40% reduction in footprint. At the same time Boeing is investing in new tooling and Lean production techniques which are already in place on the 737 and 777 lines.
Pastera declined to say how fast she expects to produce 767s once all the improvements are in place but says on the 777 a 24 percent improvement in production times were achieved by introducing Lean manufacturing techniques. Pastera was in charge of 777 manufacturing at Everett before she took over as 767 program manager and 767 tanker program deputy manager in August.