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Boeing to open new assembly line in Everett to build 737 MAX planes


FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, a motorcyclist cruises past the Renton, Wash., Boeing plant where 737's are built. Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft. The company said Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, a motorcyclist cruises past the Renton, Wash., Boeing plant where 737's are built. Boeing is temporarily lowering its delivery target for the 787 Dreamliner after discovering additional work that will need to be performed on the aircraft. The company said Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)
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Boeing will add a fourth assembly line to produce more 737 MAX aircraft, as it tries to more quickly translate a backlog of orders into cash-generating deliveries of new planes.

The new line will open in the second half of next year, according to a note Monday to employees from Stan Deal, the CEO of Boeing's commercial-planes business.

The line will be in an existing facility in Everett, Washington, where space is available because Boeing is shifting production of larger 787s to South Carolina and ending production of the iconic 747. Boeing said in a statement to KOMO News the new line in Everett will “increase 737 MAX production capacity by 25%.”

The company said the fourth 737 MAX line will be in “Boeing’s Everett factory where 787 join verification work is now occurring.” A Boeing spokesperson told KOMO News the 787 work will continue in Everett, “including in former 747 bays.”

The plant is about 40 miles north of Boeing's other 737 assembly lines in the Seattle suburb of Renton, one of which has been idle but is being reactivated, Deal said. He said the company is not relocating the entire 737 programs, just adding capacity, especially for newer models of the MAX.

“Given the proximity to our 737 factory in Renton, Everett is a great fit with the availability of highly skilled workers and factory space,” a Boeing spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who represents Everett and is the lead Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called the decision great news. "Northwest Washington is home to the best aerospace workers in the world, and local communities and the regional economy stand to benefit as Boeing transitions to building a new legacy through the assembly of MAX aircraft in Everett," Larsen said in a statement Monday.

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“I have long said that Snohomish County’s aerospace future is secure and bright, and today’s announcement just confirms that reality,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said in a statement. “We appreciate Boeing’s partnership and their incredible contribution to our community and economy. As we say a fond farewell to the Queen of the Skies, we welcome her younger sibling, the 737 MAX. We will continue to be the heart of the global aerospace industry and look forward to the innovations that will continue to thrive at Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport.”

The MAX is Boeing's best-selling plane. It was grounded worldwide for nearly two years after two deadly crashes involving a flight-control system that Boeing later overhauled. Since the U.S. and other regulators cleared the MAX to resume flying, Boeing has landed large orders from United, Delta, Southwest and foreign airlines.

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