Boeing Co., which is looking to double the build rate of its
787 Dreamliner this year, isnt planning another
production increase for the titanium-intensive airliner until
and chief executive officer James McNerney told analysts this
week that the Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer is "on
track" to build 10 Dreamliners per month by the end of 2013,
and will increase production to 12 per month in 2016 and 14 per
month "before the end of the decade."
Seattle-based commercial airplanes unit, which began the year
building five 787s per month, is now building seven per month
at its Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C., plants. It
stuck to its build rates despite battery issues earlier this
year that resulted in the temporary grounding and delivery
suspension of the Dreamliner fleet.
Boeing, which has an
order backlog of 883 Dreamliners, is aiming to deliver more
than 60 planes this year compared with 46 in 2012.
questioned Boeings production strategy, wondering if it
is an indication that the company is up against a capacity
limit. But a Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokesman maintained
that "capacity does not play a role" in the decision. He said
the production outlook addresses its current order book for the
first two versions of the Dreamlinerthe current 787-8 and
the 787-9, the latter of which is a slightly larger plane due
for delivery in early 2014.
"The rates were
seeing currently take into account the delivery dates for
customers of the Dash-8 and Dash-9," the spokesman said, adding
that the subsequent increase is related to Dreamliners
third version, the 787-10, which has its first delivery slated
There are now three
787 final assembly lines: a main line and a second, temporary
"surge line" in Everett, along with a third line at the