Activation of a third Boeing 787 final assembly line is intended to help ensure a smooth startup of production of the 787-9 as manufacturing rates increase to five aircraft per month by year-end. The 80th 787-8, destined for LAN Airlines, on Aug. 24 became the first fuselage to enter a “surge line” in the 40:24 bay at Boeing's main widebody campus in Everett, Wash. The main 787 assembly hall is the nearby 40:26 bay. The primary alternate line is 88:30 at Boeing's 787 factory in North ...

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