Boeing Co. has raised widebody 787 Dreamliner manufacturing from three to four planes per month as it prepares to ramp up to five a month by the end of the year, a company official said on Tuesday.
To its facility in Charleston, South Carolina, Boeing intends to construct a second production line. The Charleston factory is expected to finish modifying the 787 inventory to meet U.S. Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
The modification consists of filling in extremely small gaps in the forward pressure bulkhead. Ballard said that Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington, where 787s are also undergoing FAA standard modifications, will continue to carry out that work. Two months after Boeing revealed a sizable order for over 200 Dreamliners, Ballard announced the rate rise while giving reporters a tour of the company’s Charleston production plant.
After starting the year at a lower rate, the manufacturer declared in April that production had stabilized at three aircraft per month. In 2023, the business expects to deliver between 70 and 80 787 Dreamliners.