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8/31/2004



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BNSF bids adieu to Boeing's 757 business



Last week, Burlington Northern Santa Fe moved parts for the 1,050th — and last — Boeing 757 from a Wichita, Kan., plant to a Renton, Wash., facility for final assembly. After building the model for more than 20 years, Boeing is ending production of the 757.

During the past two years, BNSF has transported the plane's fuselage from Wichita to Renton. Because of the aircraft's size, the fuselage is moved in three pieces. In fall, the last 757 will reach its final destination: China.

BNSF plans to continue moving fuselages along the same route for Boeing's 737, said Bobby Reeves, BNSF senior analyst, customer support, in a prepared statement. The 737 fuselage can move as one piece on two rail cars.

BNSF also moves sub-assemblies of the Boeing 747, 767 and 777 from various origination points to the airplane maker's Everett, Wash., assembly plant.


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