Boeing has decided to consolidate 787 Dreamliner
production at its facility in North Charleston, S.C., starting
"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," said Stan
Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "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."
The company began assembling 787-8 and 787-9
airplanes at its Everett site in 2007, and brought the North
Charleston facility on line as a second final assembly line in
2010. However, only the North Charleston site is set up to build
the larger 787-10 model. Production of the smaller 787 models will
continue in Everett until the program transitions to the
previously-announced production rate of six airplanes a month in
In July, Boeing announced an in-depth study into
the feasibility of producing 787s at a single location. The review
examined the impact and benefits to Boeing customers, suppliers,
employees and the overall health of the production system. The 787
study is part of an enterprise review underway to reassess all
aspects of Boeing's facility footprint, organizational structure,
portfolio and investment mix, and supply chain health and
Boeing says that the analysis confirmed the
feasibility and efficiency gains created by consolidation, which
enables the company to accelerate improvements and target
investments to better support customers.
"We recognize that production decisions can impact
our teammates, industry and our community partners," said Deal.
"We extensively evaluated every aspect of the program and engaged
with our stakeholders on how we can best partner moving forward.
These efforts will further refine 787 production and enhance the
airplane's value proposition."
Boeing has said that it is still assessing
potential impact to employment in Everett and North Charleston.