South Carolina plant to produce Boeing 787 Dreamliner and is expecting to exceed production rate target of three airplanes per month.
Jim McNerney, Boeing Chief Executive said, “We will identify upside to that when they prove the three per month. We’re highly confident they will.”
Commercial production has accelerated as Boeing commercial orders have grown rapidly, including the Dreamliner. The Dreamliner is lightweight carbon-composite airplane that came to market in 2011 after three years of delays.
The total production rate target per month is 10 Dreamliners, three assembled in the Boeing factory in Charleston, South Carolina. The other seven Dreamliners to be assembled at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington.
Southwest Airlines, anticipating the 20% more energy-efficient Dreamliner, will be the first operators of the plane. Boeing has already taken more than 1,000 orders.
“I’m pleased with the order uptake. It’s a little bit better than we had originally projected,” McNerney said. “And we’re just going through the normal process of converting commitments.”
South Carolina manufacturing industries is home to Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace and defense company. Boeing is headquartered in Chicago, IL and also has a factory in Washington.
The Dreamliner was designed to further advance energy efficiency. According to Boeing, manufacturing a one-piece fuselage section for the Dreamliner eliminated 1,500 aluminum sheets and 40,000 – 50,000 fasteners. Plus the Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes.
The 787 is made primarily of carbon fiber composite material, which means the manufacturing process produces less scrap material and waste. The Dreamliner is also manufactured using fewer hazardous materials. The aircrafter consumer less fuel and produces fewer emissions. The materials used for the 787 are recyclable.
The interior of the Dreamliner will have an improved environment, including higher humidity levels. The planes will be able to see 210- 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,2000 nautical miles and 250-290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles.