INTRODUCTION: Boeing, one of America's three big makers of civil jet airliners, has produced a completely new twin-aisle, 211-passenger aircraft called the 767.
SV ZOOM OUT Wing and mid fuselage section being transported by crane to assembly bay.
CU Hydraulic jack supporting wing.
SV Fuselage section being moved.
SV PAN FROM Sign of new Boeing 767 TO fuselage being lowered into position. (4 SHOTS)
SV Tailfin transported and mounted on to 767. (5 SHOTS)
GV PAN Completed 767. (2 SHOTS)
CU Model of the new 767 Boeing.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Boeing, one of America's three big makers of civil jet airliners, has produced a completely new twin-aisle, 211-passenger aircraft called the 767. The company is absorbing the almost simultaneous launch of the 767 and the mostly-new 757 at a joint cost of around 2 1/2 billion dollars. Boeing already has 170 firm orders from airlines and has virtually shut out the two versions of Western Europe's Airbus from the North American market.
SYNOPSIS: Production of the first new generation Boeing 767 was recently being completed at the company's plant in Washington State. The first step was moving the wing with mid-fuselage section attached to the final assembly bay by overhead crane. Then the rear fuselage section was carefully lowered on to special transporters and moved into place.
The final assembly operation was carried out ahead of schedule in one of the world's largest buildings -- the birthplace of both 747s and 767s. Boeing, like other major U.S. manufacturers, has been facing strong opposition from Western Europe's planemaking consortium Airbus Industrie which has been more successful outside America. The Boeing company's latest disappointment has been in the Middle East. Kuwait Airways has ordered six A310 Airbuses. And others in the area, including Middle East Airlines, are expected to follow suit.
The new fuel-efficient 767 airliner will roll out of the factory on August 4 -- Boeing's first completely new design to be produced since the 747 in 1968. But Boeing will soon have to start investing money into a larger version of the 767 to suit its major American customers. This will increase its seating from 211 to about 260 passengers.