With deliveries of new 787s set to begin as early as next week, Boeing has hit the seven per month production rate which it says keeps the company on track for meeting its 10 per month goal at the end of the year. The milestone was officially marked with the roll out of aircraft ZA452, the 114th aircraft which is destined for British Airways.
The company, which decided to not to interrupt production during the battery crisis which grounded the 787 for most of this year, is building the aircraft on two lines at Everett, Wash, and the dedicated 787 production site at South Carolina. The bulk of 787s are rolling off the original final assembly line at Building 40-26 in Everett, while the balance is split between Charleston and the temporary surge line in Building 40-24. This latter area, formerly used for 767 production, will also house assembly of the first 787-9s to help avoid potential disruption on the 40-26 line. The first major structural elements have begun to arrive at Everett and final assembly of the first 787-9, ZB001, is widely expected to begin early next month.