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Boeing to Shift 787 Dreamliner Production to South Carolina

: Sep 30, 2020 - : 5:07 pm

Boeing plans to consolidate 787 Dreamliner assembly in South Carolina, moving away from Seattle.

Earlier this year, the company had said that it would reduce  production of passenger jets and cut its workforce by about 10% because of the impact of COVID-19. The company later said that  it might have to make cuts beyond the 19,000 already earmarked.

The company had in April this year announced that it would  cut down on the production rate of Dreamline. Although the initial plan was to cut production to 10 per month and later to seven by 2022, the company said that it would be making just six Dreamliners per month at the plants by the end of 2021, down from a peak of 14.

Three separate production flaws related to the Dreamliner have been identified over the past year, adding problems for Boeing which is yet to recover from the continued grounding of the 737 Max.  The production issues, one of which could require the inspection of as many as about 900 airplanes, may lead to delays in deliveries of the aircraft.

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