Boeing revs up 787 production rate
Boeing has rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month.
The airplane is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built at the Everett, Wash., factory.
Boeing's 787 program is on track to achieve a planned 10 per month rate by the end of the year. The production rate accounts for airplanes built at the Everett Final Assembly facility, the Everett Temporary Surge Line and Boeing South Carolina.
Fifty 787s have been delivered to eight airlines. The program has more than 800 unfilled orders with 58 customers worldwide.
787s were grounded in January after the aircrafts’ lithium batteries were overheating. The Federal Aviation Administration approved a fix for the battery in April.
All Nippon Airways, the Dreamliner’s largest customer, announced Thursday that it plans to put its 787s in service again June 1.
United Airlines plans to fly its 787s again May 31.
Qatar Airways has already resumed operations with its Dreamliners.