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Boeing 787 Production Rate May Hit 16 Per Month  
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Boeing will decide by the end of June on whether to further accelerate 787 production to as many as 16 per month after continuing record demand for the new twinjet.

The rate increase is dependent on the availability of the Boeing 747-400LCF (Large Cargo Freighter) development



http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ion+rate+may+hit+16+per+month.html

Good news!

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User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

I would have thought that part of that desision hangs on the abilities of the 787s suppliers to maintain that rate of production. Im in no doubt that the market is there for another line.

User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Phew! If they can achieve that rate of production they could theoretically clear the backlog of 350 frames in less than two years.

I said a while ago that I thought that the 787 might turn out to be this century's first DC3 Dakota. This news appears to fuel that impression.



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User currently offlineDbo861 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 888 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

How many airplanes per month are they currently planning on producing if they don't ramp up production?

User currently offlinePavlin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

that doesn't mean they willl produce 16 planes each mount. they wil have the capacity to do so and if demand is there.

User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

One off the line appx. every two days?? How would this rank up with other assembly lines (737 series, A320 series, etc)?


"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offline11Bravo From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1718 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Quoting Dbo861 (Reply 3):
How many airplanes per month are they currently planning on producing if they don't ramp up production?

From the article linked in the thread starter:

Quote:
The initial rate will launch at four per month, rising to six per month within one year. The rate then increases to 10 per month in 2010 under the current rate acceleration plan agreed under the initial study.



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User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Let's hope for them that all the airlines are taking delivery of ther frames that soon... Which is not granted...


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User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 7):
Let's hope for them that all the airlines are taking delivery of ther frames that soon... Which is not granted

If we see no major changes in the the current economic situation of high oil prices, robust growth and a declining US dollar, airlines will be falling over themselves to get their hands on a dreamliner.


User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

NAV 20 -- Phew! If they can achieve that rate of production they could theoretically clear the backlog of 350 frames in less than two years.

I said a while ago that I thought that the 787 might turn out to be this century's first DC3 Dakota. This news appears to fuel that impression.



See NAV 20, you continue to be THE most entertaining dispensers of raw zealotry among all the usual suspects around here. Way to go!

I'd like to point out to you that --from a fully-in-service airliner standpoint anyway -- the 787 programme has done absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g, as of this particular point in time. Especially after all the pack of lies served up previously about the "Sonic Cruiser", under Condit and so on.

Now, by all means let's hope the plane will roll out and fly sometime soon, of course -- and in so doing let's sure hope as well that the guys and girls building the thing are way more emotionally level-headed and technically-oriented then the gang of zealots around here, for instance, because otherwise yikes would Boeing ever be in real trouble then.

But let's at least give it another few months more here, shall we. Now that finally the rubber really is starting to hit the road, for their hoped-for EIS timeline anyway.


User currently offlineBrendows From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 5):
One off the line appx. every two days??

Yes, that's right.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 5):

How would this rank up with other assembly lines (737 series, A320 series, etc)?

Boeing and Airbus are delivering about 30-32 737's and A320's each month IIRC.
Later this year, the 777 will be produced at a rate of seven each month, and I believe that the A330/A340 are also produced at this rate now.


User currently offlineCaptainBob From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

The gigantic autoclaves for the 787 are just now beginning to come online, and it will soon become apparent if these will actually work as anticipated. The success of the autoclaves has to be a factor in deciding when a 2nd line goes forward.

Different suppliers (there are only a handful around the world) are building each of the critical autoclaves required for the different sections. Each supplier is attempting to use its own concepts on these custom machines that have never been built before. They should all be working (or not working) properly in July this year.

The stable supply of large autoclaves has always been underestimated. There are no highly capitalized players in this market, and not much experience in building large machines in general (except for a company called Thermal Equipment who have built most of the larger ones for Boeing in the past).

This situation will have to be fixed before either or Airbus or Boeing can depend on a supply chain for these multi million dollar machines that are critical to the expanded use of large single piece composites in future planes.


User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

CaptainBob -- The gigantic autoclaves for the 787 are just now beginning to come online, and it will soon become apparent if these will actually work as anticipated.

I remember reading somewhere several months back that February '06 was when that was supposed to start happening. But no biggie if it's actually now instead though, since it really is a huge undertaking and key to the very project itself, in addition to decisions about a second line opening, as you point out.


User currently offlineHjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 879 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

This is more of a question, but if boeing does open a second assembly line, do you know where it will be located? This is so far fetched, but I was watching (Ñåãîäíÿ)* Sevodnja, a Russian news program, and it said that the B787 will be built in Russia, or something along the lines. I know that boeing does have facilities in Moscow, but I don't know to what extent they are collaborating with the 787 program. However, for some reason I remember that the news program said that Boeing would build the aircraft here, or some parts of it. It was defenitely substantial information, because it's bringing jobs, and it's provided a larger presence now, bigger than traditional for boeing. Can anyone support this?

Would it be possible to have two assembly lines in two continents? Would this also reduce labor costs? And possibly provide goverment support for the 787 since it's built here? Like for Aeroflot?

*Change encoding to Cyrillic (Windows) if the word looks like giberish.



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Quoting Hjulicher (Reply 13):
This is more of a question, but if boeing does open a second assembly line, do you know where it will be located? This is so far fetched, but I was watching (Ñåãîäíÿ)* Sevodnja, a Russian news program, and it said that the B787 will be built in Russia, or something along the lines

It did say in the article that the second line would be at Everett.

However what you said was very interesting indeed!



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User currently offlineRheinbote From Germany, joined May 2006, 1968 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

Quoting CaptainBob (Reply 11):
Each supplier is attempting to use its own concepts on these custom machines that have never been built before.

Actually, autoclaves like these have been in use ever since the B-2 stealth bomber was 'boken' back in the mid eighties. Or take the composite wings Boeing designed and produced for the Navy A-6 SWIP program in the late eighties.

Plenty of time has passed since then and a plethora of programs and projects contributed to the composite structures design data base, manufacturing process know-how and cost reduction efforts that culminated into the 787. Finally it had to happen.


User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2377 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7592 times:


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Well, just to get things straight, there are 6 total lines in Everett right now. 2 for 747, 1 for 767, 1 for 777 (the new/future "moving" assembly line), 1 for 777 (the old/current 777 line, which will be being changed to a moving 787 line), and 1 empty line (used for test aircraft refurbishments, conversions, ect.).

If Boeing were to put the 787 on 2 lines, they would have to A. build a new line, B. squish the 747-8 into one line, or C. shut down the 767 completely.


User currently offlineHalibut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7592 times:

Quoting Mark_D. (Reply 9):
See NAV 20, you continue to be THE most entertaining dispensers of raw zealotry among all the usual suspects around here. Way to go!

Mark_D,
Why must be so blatantly offensive ? NAV20 was simply expressing his oppinion . Your extreme derogatory attitude is completely uncalled for & your bias comments inaccurate !

Zealotry hah,

Pot Kettele Black !

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/238059_boeing26.html

Quoting By JAMES WALLACE
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER AEROSPACE REPORTER]Friday, August 26, 2005

Boeing unveils nose section of new 787
WICHITA, Kan. -- In the history of aviation, no one has ever made anything like it before.

About 24 feet long and 18 feet in diameter, it's a one-piece composite structure of a jetliner that, as one Boeing executive put it Thursday, "leads us through the skies."

In the jargon of the industry, it is simply called Section 41, the nose, cockpit and forward fuselage.


[/quote]

Quoting NAV20 (Reply 2):
Phew! If they can achieve that rate of production they could theoretically clear the backlog of 350 frames in less than two years.

I said a while ago that I thought that the 787 might turn out to be this century's first DC3 Dakota. This news appears to fuel that impression.

Agreed NAV20 ,
I believe Boeing knows how vulnerable Airbus is with regard to the A350 & there A350 Launch customer QR ?! It would be wise for Boeing to jump up production of the 787 while Airbus is currently caught in the Pickle .


http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/06/05/24/100bus_corliss001.cfm


[quote=Bryan Corliss
Herald columnist :


Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Airbus: You've got big trouble
Boeing's rival is having a tough time designing its 787 competitor, making A350 launch customer Qatar Airlines "very unhappy."

But the news that Airbus is going back to the computer-assisted drafting software on the A350 is creating a stir with the one customer that's already really interested in the jet - Qatar Airways.

"We are launch customer for an aircraft that, other than its model number, does not now exist," the airline's chief executive, Akbar Al-Baker, told Flight International. "Qatar Airways is very unhappy about this."



Halibut


User currently offlineDalecary From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

additionally, this weeks FI also had an article about Kawasaki Heavy Industries(KHI) offloading some of their Embraer 190/195 wing production back to Embraer, so they can concentrate on 787 fuselages and they are "expected to be informed later this year of a further production increase".

User currently offlineTrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4768 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7484 times:
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is Alenia-Vought "on board" for this production ramp up?? the Japanese can make all the wings they want but if there are no fuselages!!!

User currently offlineCaptainBob From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7484 times:

Quoting Rheinbote (Reply 15):
Actually, autoclaves like these have been in use ever since the B-2 stealth bomber was 'boken' back in the mid eighties. Or take the composite wings Boeing designed and produced for the Navy A-6 SWIP program in the late eighties.

I believe that Thermal Equipment built the 25 foot diameter B-2 Bomber autoclave for Boeing, and I think that they built a large one for the Navy A-6 too. They built another 25 foot diameter one some time ago for the Beech's Starship, but the 787 autoclaves are 30 foot diameter, a major jump in design and something that hasn't been done before.

Also, many of the 787 autoclave suppliers have never built anything near these sizes, and they still need to prove themselves.


User currently offlineDalecary From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7478 times:

Quoting Trex8 (Reply 19):
is Alenia-Vought "on board" for this production ramp up?? the Japanese can make all the wings they want but if there are no fuselages!!!

Ummm, KHI are making the fuselage barrels. They are offloading some Embraer 190/195 wing work, so they can meet Boeing's 787 fuselage production rate.


User currently offlineTrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4768 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7446 times:
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Quoting Dalecary (Reply 21):
Ummm, KHI are making the fuselage barrels. They are offloading some Embraer 190/195 wing work, so they can meet Boeing's 787 fuselage production rate.

sorry, you are correct, MHI and FHI are doing the wings but KHI are only responsible for the forward fuselage, Alenia Vought for most of the rest! Its still a team effort!
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...nology/2002486348_787global11.html


User currently offlineTWAtwaTWA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7295 times:

Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 8):
If we see no major changes in the the current economic situation of high oil prices, robust growth and a declining US dollar, airlines will be falling over themselves to get their hands on a dreamliner.

How does this work, when Boeing gets firm orders from airlines, years in advance of delivery, is the price locked? What if the dollar continues to fall (like it is right now) Foreign airlines would love to pay less foreign currency, and Boeing would get paid the same in US dollars.



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7278 times:

Quoting TWAtwaTWA (Reply 23):
How does this work, when Boeing gets firm orders from airlines, years in advance of delivery, is the price locked?

Yes, firm orders include specific prices.


25 SirOmega : Doesnt C make the most sense? If Boeing ramps up the second line around 2010 it seems unlikely there will be any demand for a 767 after the 787 is in
26 Trex8 : there are still a few orders for 763s but Boeing may be hoping for that air force tanker contract still
27 Zvezda : Another option would be to consolidate B777 production on one line. That might be reasonable from 2010.
28 Post contains links Kaitak744 : The 777 is on one line and will always be. 2005: - 747 - 747 - 747 - 767 - 777 - (miscellaneous) 2006 (late) - 747 - 747 - (miscellaneous) - 767 - em
29 WorldXplorer : Removed. My first point was made moot by Kaitak744's clarification. Unless the 767-300F catches on, this line is dead. A BCF program makes so much mor
30 Zvezda : Kaitak744, thanks for clarifying that. However, if the B747 could fit in the 3rd assembly hall, it would be strange if the B787 were too large.
31 Kaitak744 : It didn't The 747 line is like a U. Parts come in through door 3, and the finished product came out through doors 1 and 2. Now, the parts go in throu
32 Zvezda : Kaitak744, I see. Thank you for the further clarification.
33 Ikramerica : I would assume you could do: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 787-10 - 748 - 748 - 767 - 787-8/9 - 777 747 parts go in 3 like before and planes come out 2
34 Post contains images Kaitak744 : Indeed that is a good plan. Lets hope Randy sees this post. . However, where would Boeing do its work which it currently does in the "miscellaneous"
35 Zvezda : Will the SuperJumbo require two lines?
36 Kaitak744 : Probably so. The 747-8's parts can not be brought in by Boeing Beluga. So, the parts will still arrive in small pieces via train/ship. These small pi
37 Post contains images Glideslope : Thats a great compairson. You may be right on with it.
38 Tockeyhockey : by bringing up the sonic cruiser, you come off as just as much of an anti-boeing zealot as NAV20 is a boeing booster. what point is there in bringing
39 JayinKitsap : Note - Keesje saying something nice about Boeing. Yes I think it also is good news for the airlines, passengers, and Boeing. Getting more planes with
40 DAYflyer : Sounds like they had better start building a couple more of these and get the rest of the supply chain on the same page. which officially begins with
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