Boeing (NYSE: BA) employees in Renton, Wash., have started building the first 737 MAX on schedule.
Last week, employees started to assemble the wings for the first 737 MAX flight test airplane. Wings are the first 737 components to be assembled in the Renton production process. Pictured here, operators (left to right, Bin Pham, Marty Deslauriers and Larry Freeman) load the initial parts of the first 737 MAX spars – internal support structures in wings– into an automated spar assembly machine. The unfinished spars were machined by Boeing Fabrication Skin and Spar in Auburn and Fredrickson, Wash.