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.
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
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
companys 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.
The first 787 delivery
was due in May 2008 but was postponed to September 2011
following Boeings problems with an expanded global supply
chain created for the aircraft and various technical glitches.
At that time, when it was building just two planes per month,
it set a monthly goal of 10 per month by the end of 2013.
The 787 is being
assembled at two lines in Everett and one line at Boeings
Charleston, S.C., facility. While a Boeing spokeswoman declined
to reveal how many planes are being shipped out of each
facility, she said Boeing-Charleston expects to ship
Dreamliners at the rate of three per month by midyear.
Boeing looks to
increase its Dreamliner output to 12 per month by 2016 and 14
by the end of this decade.
of titanium and other components are moving up their own
Dawne S. Hickton, vice
chairwoman, president and chief executive officer of Pittsburgh
based RTI International Metals Inc., told investors in November
that RTI, which last year was making seat tracks for the
Dreamliner at a rate of six shipsets per month, had reached
nine shipsets per month by the end of the third quarter and
expected to reach 10 by the year-end.
An RTI spokesman
declined to comment on whether the company reached this
Hickton also said that
reaching 12 shipsets of seat tracks per month "shouldnt
be an issue at all" for RTI, which builds the titanium seat
tracks at its Houston extrusion operations and its RTI Claro
machining subsidiary in Montreal.
"We think we have the
capability to work up even further than that," Hickton
Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) said last week that it was
manufacturing titanium fasteners for the 787 at an increasing
rate of six planes per month, while its aerostructure
facilities were at seven shipsets per month (
amm.com, Jan. 24).
"All of our suppliers
are delivering at the rate we are asking them to," a
spokeswoman for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said.
The production rate
for Boeings other twin-aisle plane, the 777, stands at
8.3 per month.