Boeing to move 787 production to South Carolina

Aviation Updates Philippines –As COVID-19 continues to affect international travel and demand, Boeing announced plans to move its 787 Dreamliner to North Charleston, South Carolina, in 2021. 
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Boeing said the single-site operations would improve operational capacity as the company adjusts to the market downturn and positions itself for recovery. The production system has been optimized to accommodate the currently tricky market condition while repositioning to ramp up production as the aviation industry recovers. 

Stan Deal, President, and Chief Executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: "The Boeing 787 is the tremendous success it is today thanks to our great teammates in Everett. They helped give birth to an airplane that changed how airlines and passengers want to fly. As our customers manage through the unprecedented global pandemic, to ensure the long-term success of the 787 program, we are consolidating 787 production in South Carolina." 

"Our team in Puget Sound will continue to focus on efficiently building our 737, 747,767 and 777 airplane families, and both sites will drive Boeing initiatives to further enhance safety, quality, and operational excellence,"  he added. 

In July, the aircraft manufacturer announced an in-depth feasibility study to produce 787s at a single plant. The review examined the impacts and benefits to Boeing customers, suppliers, employees, and the production system's overall health. 

Boeing said it assesses potential impacts on employment in Everett and North Charleston and will communicate any changes directly to its employees.