Thursday, February 23, 2012

Shanahan talks about 787 at Barclay's Conference

UPDATE (2:30PM): PAt Shanahan also said during the conference that Boeign will start rolling out 787 that will not have any travelled work or need for change incorporaation starting with LN70. Previous Boeing has said this will occur around airplane 63-65.

Pat Shanahan talked up about the accomplishments of the 787 at a Barclays Capital Industrial Select Conference in Miami.

Currently the supply chain is producing at 3.5 planes per month but the final assembly is still at 2.5 per month. The rate on the assembly line is to go up to 3.5 this spring. Boeing expects to start the surge line in June of this year which will allow Boeing to move 787s down the line at a faster pace and allow for the increase in production rate. The surge line will be located in building 40-24 in front of the 767 line. Shanahan also said that the planes are leaving the line more complete. In the past there was 5,000 - 7,000 jobs left to finish when the 787 left the line. Now this number is down to 500 - 1,000 jobs per airplane.

With regarding the shims, Pat Shanahan said that the job of replacing the shims takes about 10 to 14 days per airplane but this work will be done concurrently with other jobs so as not to delay deliveries. The shim issue is just a manufacturing issue and there is no need for any redesign. The shim issue is not an issue for the fleet.


Shuan said...

Air India expects first B787 in April end. Why so late???

Uresh said...

A combination of negotiating compensation for the late deliveries as well as the time needed to prepare the aircraft for delivery (install interiors and undertake any additional re-work and change incorporation.

johnv777 said...

On a video published on the Paine Field Blog on 2/23/12, it looks like a United/Continental B787 has engines installed. No reg# is visible.

Uresh said...

Thanks, I'll look into it!

Guru Josh said...

Two comments:

Boeing and GE continue running into minor but multiple issues in certification flight testing, so FAR25 certification will come too late to support deliveries in March.

In case Tier-2 suppliers are still running at 3,5 per month, there's little hope that Boeing will be able to ramp to 5 per month in the fourth quarter.
The surge line doesn't really help to increase output, as the bottleneck is further down the supply chain.
I think the primary mission of the surge line is to pilot and debug production of the the 787-9, which will be significantly different from the 787-8 in design and assembly.