Boeing to consolidate 787 production in South Carolina, United States in 2021

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  • Single site to improve operational efficiency as company adapts to market downturn and positions for recovery and long-term growth.
  • 787 production to continue in Everett, Washington until programme begins building at the previously announced rate of six aeroplanes a month in 2021.

As the airline industry continues to address the impact of COVID-19, The Boeing Company said today it will consolidate production of 787 jets at its facility in North Charleston, S.C., starting in mid-2021, according to the company’s best estimate. The decision comes as the company is strategically taking action to preserve liquidity and reposition certain lines of business in the current global environment to enhance efficiency and improve performance for the long-term.

While Boeing’s versatile 787 family has outperformed other wide-body aeroplanes during the challenging market downturn, its production system has been adjusted to accommodate the current difficult market environment while positioning the 787 family to ramp up production as air travel increases.

The Boeing 787 is the tremendous success it is today thanks to our great teammates in Everett. They helped give birth to an aeroplane that changed how airlines and passengers want to fly. As our customers manage through the unprecedented global pandemic, to ensure the long-term success of the 787 programme, we are consolidating 787 production in South Carolina,” said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Our team in Puget Sound will continue to focus on efficiently building our 737, 747, 767 and 777 aeroplane families, and both sites will drive Boeing initiatives to further enhance safety, quality, and operational excellence.

The company began assembling 787-8 and 787-9 aeroplanes at its Everett site in 2007 and brought the North Charleston facility online as a second final assembly line in 2010. However, only the North Charleston site is set up to build the larger 787-10 model. Production of the smaller 787 models will continue in Everett until the program transitions to the previously-announced production rate of six aeroplanes a month in 2021.

In July, Boeing announced an in-depth study into the feasibility of producing 787s at a single location. The review examined the impacts and benefits to Boeing customers, suppliers, employees and the overall health of the production system. The 787 study is part of an enterprise review underway to reassess all aspects of Boeing’s facility footprint, organisational structure, portfolio and investment mix, and supply chain health and stability.

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This analysis confirmed the feasibility and efficiency gains created by consolidation, which enables the company to accelerate improvements and target investments to better support customers.

We recognise that production decisions can impact our teammates, industry and our community partners,” said Deal. “We extensively evaluated every aspect of the program and engaged with our stakeholders on how we can best partner moving forward. These efforts will further refine 787 production and enhance the aeroplane’s value proposition.”

Boeing said it is assessing potential impacts to employment in Everett and North Charleston and will communicate any changes directly to its employees.

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  1. I really don’t understand what Boeing is doing. Apparently, some customers are refusing ordering 787s from that plant due to its poor quality check. Now Boeing wants to shut down the other plant that has no manufacturing quality problem? Gumsmacking!

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