With its production rate for its popular 737 model increasing to 42 monthly beginning next month, Boeing is more than doubling the size of its 737 delivery center at Boeing Field.
The delivery center will include a new three-story building addition to the existing delivery center. The new delivery center will include meeting rooms for customers and others supporting the delivery. The new complex will include three jet bridges to access the jets.
"Our customers expect and deserve a first-class facility when they come to pick up their airplanes, and we think these improvements will take their experience to the next level," said Beverly Wyse, 737 vice president and general manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "A larger, more capable facility is essential as we continue to increase our rates and get ready for the introduction of the new 737 MAX."
The design features an open, airy look with large windows overlooking the Boeing Field flight line, the company said.
"The continued investment Boeing is making to build this facility at Boeing Field demonstrates the company's long-term commitment to Washington and the Seattle region, home to the best aerospace workers in the world," said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
The addition is now scheduled for completion in 2015.
Boeing builds its 737s in Renton, but delivers them to customers at Boeing Field.