Boeing opens third 787 assembly line

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 30, 2012
Boeing has opened a third assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing has opened a third assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner as it struggles to ramp up production of the badly delayed aircraft.

Boeing has described the new assembly line as a temporary measure as it seeks to increase 787 production from 3.5 aircraft per month to 10 per month by the end of next year.

The new line is located at Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington, which is also home to the main 787 assembly line. Boeing’s massive new facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. rolled out its first 787 in April.

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It is believed that the temporary assembly line will likely turn out the first of the larger 787-9 model, which is due to enter service with Air New Zealand in 2014. Qantas holds options on 50 787-9s after cancelling 35 firm orders for the aircraft this month.

With the 787 program more than three years behind schedule, Boeing has so far delivered just 14 aircraft out of a total order backlog of more than 800, and the planmaker’s bottom line has been hit by compensation payments to airlines.

7 Comments

  • Literate police

    says:

    “badly-delayed”….???? Who’s writing this..???

    Please use a more proffessional approach when writing/editing…..

  • Random

    says:

    Perhaps the literate police should also learn a thing or two such as the spelling of professional…

  • Literate police

    says:

    Perhaps……but I’m not the one writing for a professional publication.

    No further replies necessary…..!

  • M

    says:

    Keep the comments professional geez, AA deserves more credit for reporting this stuff daily

  • Old Soldier

    says:

    Some folk should ”Get a Life”

  • Bazz W

    says:

    Lets all settle down. We all get the urge to edit someone else’s efforts – some of us get the urge quite often …

    Oz Aviation has put in a great effort over the years, right back through Jim Thorn’s tenure when I started my subscription, with the resources that they have had available. Our Australian civil and military industry is the better for the Oz Aviation crew’s efforts.

    Lets cut them some slack.

  • australianaviation.com.au

    says:

    @Literate police – Thanks for pointing out that badly delayed should not have been hyphenated. It’s been updated to reflect correct usage.

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