Boeing Delivers 8.000th 737 to United Airlines

With the successful rate increase to 42 737s per month under their belts, employees in the 737 program recently took a short break from building airplanes to celebrate their latest successes.

Local government officials and suppliers from around the world attended the event, and heard how the 737 team simultaneously improved safety and quality while getting ready to build more airplanes each month.

“The past year has been a busy one for the program. You not only worked on increasing production for the third time in four years, you also improved quality and made our site safer,” said Beverly Wyse, 737 vice president and general manager.

“Improving safety and quality — two goals at the top of our list — help increase our productivity,” Wyse said. “That’s what it takes to stay competitive in the current environment.”

The event featured a performance by ILuminate, dancers who perform in the dark to create illuminated characters — including 737s. A United Airlines airplane formed the stage’s backdrop, as Ron Baur, vice president Fleet for United Airlines, joined Wyse.

United will receive the 737 program’s 8,000th delivery this week, and Baur emphasized how important quality and reliability are for customers.

“Quality means delivering airplanes on schedule with no defects, not delivering airplanes on time with issues,” Baur said.  If airplanes aren’t ready to go directly into service when they are delivered, it costs the airline money, disrupts schedules and hurts the reputation of both companies, he said.

Baur’s message hit home with Marius Mean of 737 Quality Assurance.
“We have a lot of pride in what we do and we’re working to make sure that every plane that comes out is defect-free,” Mean said.

Baur also thanked the 737 employees for building more great airplanes.

“As we aggressively replace our older, less efficient airplanes, United Airlines is counting on you to build dependable airplanes, and increasing the rate to 42 airplanes-per-month allows us to do this even faster,” said Baur.


Source:  Boeing Media Room


Sad: Our Colleague Died……

Airline pilot dies after heart attack on flight to Seattle.

The captain of a United Airlines jet who suffered an in-flight heart attack, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho, has died, an airline spokeswoman said on Friday.

Seattle-bound United flight 1603, which took off from Houston with 161 passengers on board, landed safely and the pilot was rushed to a local hospital, Boise Airport spokeswoman Patti Miller said.

The pilot, whose name was not released, died as a result of the medical emergency, United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David said on Friday.

“I am sad to confirm that our co-worker passed away last night,” she said. “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The Boeing 737 aircraft later continued on to Seattle, landing just after midnight local time, David said.

Source:  Reuters

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Airline Pilot Suffers Heart Attack in Mid-Air

United Airlines Flight 1603 was on its way from Houston to Seattle when one of the pilots suffered a heart attack, forcing the aircraft to declare an emergency and divert to Boise, Idaho.

The incident occurred last Thursday at 8 PM MT (6PM ET) when the pilot of a United Airlines Boeing 737 suffered a heart attack meanwhile the aircraft was en route from Houston to Seattle.

The aircraft landed without further problems at Boise, Idaho, where paramedics boarded the flight to assist the pilot and take him to hospital, no further reports have been done on his condition.

The flight was delayed at Boise airport for some time until a replacement pilot arrived from San Francisco.

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