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Boeing increases 787 production rate

Staff Report
Published Nov. 12, 2012

The Boeing Co. has increased its 787 production rate to five total planes per month at its factories in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, the company announced today.

Last week, the company rolled out the first Dreamliner to be built at that new rate from its Everett final assembly facility.

Boeing doesn’t break down the rate by final assembly lines, said Scott Lefeber, a spokesman for the company; it only provides the total program rate.

Last week’s Dreamliner is the 83rd to be built, and Boeing South Carolina has produced five of those 787s.

The aerospace giant was producing 2.5 airplanes per month earlier this year.

“This accomplishment, doubling our production rate in one year, is the result of the combined efforts of thousands of men and women across Boeing and at our partners,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “The entire 787 team is focused on meeting our commitments. They've gotten even smarter in how they build this airplane and applied real ingenuity in making our processes and tools more efficient.”

The company has delivered 35 Dreamliners, including one from North Charleston, to eight airlines across the world. The program still has more than 800 orders for the airplane. Boeing plans to produce 10 Dreamliners per month by late 2013, and 3.5 of those airplanes will be built in North Charleston.

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