Despite applying lean manufacturing methods to its 777 final assembly line about seven years ago, Boeing considered its goal of producing 100 of the widebody jets per year unrealistic without a significant capital investment. But a combination of automation, process improvements from its mechanics and a push on hiring is making that goal possible. Last week, a Boeing 777 Freighter, scheduled for delivery to Korean Air next February, became the first airframe to start through 777 final ...

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