Boeing has increased 787 production to five a month, starting with airframe 83.
Earlier this year Boeing had increased production from 2.5 to 3.5 aircraft per month and plans to have 10 787s a month rolling off its three production lines by late 2013.
Boeing said teamwork and new technologies were supporting the production rate increases. “Approximately 500 employee involvement teams are actively pursuing improvement efforts across the program. Teams are led by employees working to find ways to improve efficiency, quality, safety and growth,” the company said in a statement.
“As just one example illustrative of the efforts happening across the production system, a team developed a small piece of protective equipment to cover the electronic actuators that help move the horizontal stabilizer. The plastic covering is now used across the program to protect the actuators during the production process. In addition, this small change has resulted in quicker production completion times.”
Boeing says that to date, 35 787s have been delivered to eight airlines.