July 30, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that final assembly of the 787-10, the newest and longest member of the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes, will take place exclusively in
North Charleston, S.C.
Boeing will continue to assemble both 787-8s and 787-9s in
. Design of the 787-10 is underway in
, with final assembly of the first 787-10 scheduled to begin in
"We looked at all our options and found the most efficient and effective solution is to build the 787-10 at Boeing South Carolina," said
, vice president and general manager, 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This will allow us to balance 787 production across the
sites as we increase production rates. We're happy with our growth and success in
, and the continued success at both sites gives us confidence in our plan going forward."
The 787-10 will be 18 feet (5.5 meters) longer than the 787-9. With 10 feet (3 meters) of that increase in the midbody section, the 787-10 midbody is too long to be transported efficiently from
, where systems integration work is performed, to the
facility for final assembly. In addition, introducing the 787-10 in
takes advantage of that facility's capacity while allowing the
facility to continue improving productivity as it focuses on the 787-8 and 787-9.
The 787 production system includes three production lines: two in
(including a temporary surge line) and one in
. The integrated production system currently operates at a production rate of 10 airplanes per month. As announced last year, the 787 production rate will increase to 12 airplanes per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade.
facility will continue to assemble seven airplanes per month, while Boeing South Carolina final assembly will gradually increase from three 787s per month today to five per month in 2016 and seven per month by the end of the decade.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes offers airlines unmatched fuel efficiencies and environmental performance, while providing a new level of comfort for passengers through the thoughtful application of new technologies. To date, the 787 family has won more than 1,000 orders and more than 165 airplanes have been delivered to 21 customers worldwide.