Last Boeing 717 (MD-95) Begins Production on Moving Assembly Line
The Boeing Company has announced that the last Boeing (Douglas) 717 has started the journey down the moving assembly line. The plane is destined for delivery to customer airline AirTran Airways in May.
Boeing says the airplane is the 156th 717 produced by Boeing.
"We challenged the traditional way of thinking and operating to create a great airplane at a reasonable cost," said Pat McKenna, vice president and general manager of the 717 program.
Developed by McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95 and renamed the 717 after the merger with Boeing in 1997, the last commercial example of T-Tailed Douglas designs is100-seat sized airplane.
The 717 model is also the last commercial airplane produced in the Southern California factory. More than 15,000 airplanes have been produced in Long Beach since the plant opened in 1941, according to Boeing.