Every production rate increase at Boeing is always closely watched, but none more so than the 787 program. That’s why I’m excited to report that we’re now officially building at the new rate of five airplanes per month—just as scheduled.
The main 787 line in our Everett factory.
The first airplane at the new rate, and the 83rd Dreamliner to be built, rolled out of the Everett factory last week. That incorporates the full efforts of the main 787 line and Temporary Surge Line in Everett, and the line at Boeing South Carolina. We’ve now doubled our production rate in just one year thanks to the ingenuity of our employees and some new technologies.
The Temporary Surge Line in Everett.
Some 500 employee involvement teams continue to look at ways to do things better—and faster. One of those teams developed a small piece of protective equipment that now covers the electronic actuators that move the horizontal stabilizer. The plastic covering is now used across the program to protect the actuators during the production process. New orbital drilling machines are also being used to help attach the wings to the center fuselage section.
Here’s another stat the 787 team can be proud of. 35 Dreamliners have now been delivered to eight airlines. And we’re on track to go up to 10 airplanes per month by the end of next year. For a closer look at what’s involved in our rate increase, check out the video below.