With the 22nd Boeing 787 in final body join, the company has put the brakes on further large assembly deliveries to the aircraft’s integration plant in Everett, Wash., as its supply chain struggles with airframe—not systems—parts shortages. Boeing is not identifying specific bottlenecks, but the delays appear to be centered in its own North Charleston, S.C., facility. Two factors seem to be at work: engineering changes instituted with Aircraft 20, which are a standard part of the ...
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