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Boeing Increases Production Rate of 787


Dreamliner production reaching 10 per month while Boeing hires more workers to avoid issues.

Boeing announced rolling out its first first 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate in a press release dated Jan. 24. As of that date, 155 787s had been built to date, according to the company. The 787 program has now increased its production rate three times in just over a year, including to five airplanes per month in November 2012 and seven per month in May 2013, according to Boeing.

However, not all was rosy, as the Wall Street Journal (1/23, Ostrower, Subscription Publication) reports that in order to deal with Dreamliner production issues at its South Carolina plant, Boeing is adding 300 workers so that production and shipping rates do not slow. A related article by Reuters (1/23, McLeod, Scott) reported that Boeing confirmed it is hiring, but declined to provide further details. In the Reuters article, Boeing said the hiring was part of its effort to increase production ”a move that has cheered investors and helped send the company's stock price sharply higher.”

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The article also reported that “Two people familiar with the increased hiring said production increase had prompted some quality-control concerns. One of these people, who is familiar with a recently hired inspector, said Boeing was using multiple staffing agencies to find workers and needs people “badly and quickly.”

The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier (1/22) also covered the story and reported that Boeing had about 6700 employees in North Charleston with a commitment hire another 2000 more by 2020.

Published Date : 2/3/2014

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