Boeing opens surge assembly line for 787 production

Boeing has opened a third 787 assembly line, this one joining the original in Everett, Wash., USA, to help the planemaker increase production to 10 planes a month by the end of 2013.

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Randy Tinseth, marketing chief of The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill., USA), reported in a blog post on Aug. 27 that Boeing has opened a temporary assembly line to help boost production of the 787 Dreamliner and meet delivery goals.

Tinseth says the "surge" line, in Everett, Wash., USA, will help the company increase its production of the composite-intensive jets to 10 a month by the end of 2013, from an average of 3.5 a month now. He also says it will help Boeing start assembling a bigger version of the plane, the 787-­9, beginning next year. The surge line joins the 787's original assembly facility in Everett, as well as another in North Charleston, S.C., USA.

Tinseth says: "The first airplane on the temporary surge line will begin final body join and then go through the remaining steps of the production process. But this line isn’t a mirror image of the original 787 production line. Instead of moving down the line in a nose-to-door configuration, airplanes will be staged in a slanted arrangement at Position 3. After completing interior installations, the airplane will move to Position 4 over on the original line. That’s because work in Position 4 can occur at a faster rate so we can accommodate airplanes from both the original line and the temporary surge line."

“This is yet another major sign of progress allowing us to get more and more airplanes into the hands of our customers,” Tinseth says of the surge line.

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