Boeing adds 5th position on assembly lines.
Boeing production machine is getting revved up for the 2014 production year. While producing at 10/month will help drive some cost reductions that they desperately need, Boeing is only re-working the 787 assembly lines. In Everett they have inserted a 5th position into the main production line in 40-26 as well as the surge line in 40-24. Sources say that this position (which is the new position 1) is to allow wing integration work prior to the main wing-body join. This is suppose to say time integrating wing components after the main join. Thus the spreadsheets will show a 5th position for Everett. It does appear that Charleston is already using the same plan as they are also using 5 (out of 8) positions for final assembly of the 787s.
Boeing does look like it will start assembling 11 787s this month but I expect them to be at 10 next month with 2 from Charleston and 8 from Everett. In terms of deliveries in January I can see Boeing delivering about 8 aircraft. Here's my breakdown this month:
Air India - 2
ANA - 3
BBJ - 1
ILFC - 1
Qatar - 1
I was expecting Qatar deliveries to be greater but they have been very particular about the condition of the 787s at delivery and thus these aircraft have been parked at Charleston for a vey long time. Boeing has switched production of the Qatar 787s to Charleston but with the pickiness exhibited by this customer, Boeing may switch it back to Everett.
Lastly, let me leave you with the Tweet of the Day:
Dear sneeze, If you are going to happen, happen. Don’t put a stupid look on my face and leave it at that. Sincerely, I look like an idiot.
— Ted (@OfficialTedSays) January 8, 2014
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