Boeing’s build rate for 787 plane up to 10 per month

Jan 29, 2014 | 09:25 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, Larry Loftis, 787 Dreamliner, Dawne S. Hickton, RTI International Metals, Precision Castparts, PCC, titanium build rate

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co. has increased the build rate on its titanium-heavy 787 Dreamliner to 10 airplanes per month, the "highest ever" for a twin-aisle aircraft, the company said in a statement.

The Chicago-based aerospace company, which previously said it expected to reach the 10-per-month goal by the end of last year, said the 155th Dreamliner would be delivered from its Everett, Wash., final assembly line.

The current 787 build rate represents the third increase in a little more than a year, from five planes per month in November 2012 and seven per month in May of last year, the company said. Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program for the parent company’s Boeing Commercial Airplanes subsidiary in Seattle, said in the statement that the rate increase reflects "continued strong demand for the 787," which has a backlog of about 850 orders.....

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