Dreamliner in demand, says Boeing
24 / 01 / 2014
PLANEMAKER Boeing has rolled out the first B787 Dreamliner built at the rate of 10 airplanes per month.
The aircraft, a B787-8 and the 155th Dreamliner built, will be delivered to International Lease Finance for operation by Aeromexico.
The new 10-per-month rate is the highest ever for a twin-aisle aircraft.
The B787 programme has now increased its production rate three times in just over a year, including to five-a-month in November 2012 and seven in May 2013.
“This rate increase reflects the continued strong demand for the B787,” says Larry Loftis, vice-president and general manager of the B787 programme.
“A disciplined approach that combines employee teamwork with technology is key to achieving the higher rate.”
Boeing assembles and delivers B787s at two locations: Everett, Washington State and North Charleston, South Carolina.
“The entire B787 team is now focused on capturing efficiencies at this historic level of production, as well as meeting our commitment to increase the [monthly] production rate to 12 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade,” Loftis notes.
To date, 115 B787s have been delivered to 16 customers. The programme has 1,030 total orders from 60 customers worldwide.
This latest model (pictured) will be the fourth B787 operated by Aeromexico and will be used on the airline's Mexico City - London Heathrow route.