While we are saying goodbye to the last 747 to be produced and delivered tomorrow, Boeing has announced they will establish a fourth 737 MAX assembly line at Paine Field in Everett. The new line should be open in the second half 2024 and occupy the old 787 bay whose assembly line was lost to North Carolina.

Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said, “to be clear, we are not taking the 737 out of Renton — just adding capacity to capture customer demand, most of our Renton 737 MAX teammates will remain in Renton as we reactivate our third line and continue production on the other two lines there.”

This is wonderful news for employment in Everett and all the North Sound. “Boeing’s decision to establish a fourth MAX assembly line in Everett is great news! Northwest Washington is home to the best aerospace workers in the world, and local communities and the regional economy stand to benefit as Boeing transitions to building a new legacy through the assembly of MAX aircraft in Everett. As the demand for air travel continues to grow, I remain committed to working with regional leaders and partners to retain and create more union jobs and ensure the Pacific Northwest remains the aerospace capital of the world,” said Reprentative Rick Larsen.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.