That, and increasing production of the 767 by reducing tasks and reducing time an airframe spends on the FAL. Fewer manhours on the frame in FAL means more airframes through FAL. I think we will see the 25 frame order from SF before Amazon pulls the trigger on any.
You cant increase production rate just by getting the necessary bits to the FAL quicker
The transport logistics is like a pipe - you put all the bits for 2 into the pipe every month, and every month, 2 new planes roll out. If you want 3 new planes, making the pipe shorter does not help - you have to put 3 sets of bits into the pipe!
If you want do go from 2/month to 3/month, the Dreamlifter is not your solution!
Quite amazing there is this demand for the 767, when there are apparently superior frames available (at competitive prices?), either new or conversions!
You are too focused on the transport logistics. Just because you send 4/ month down the pipe doesn’t mean you can pump out 4/month from an assembly line. If you only have space at the final destination for 2 a month then that’s all you are getting out. You will just have a bunch
of parts piling up at Everett waiting to be turned into a complete aircraft.
Think of this less about transportation logistics and more of shifting work. Boeing is looking at shifting work currently done at Everett to Witicha (which may have more available space) so they can build more complete planes in the same amount of space at Everett. With shifting work comes larger pieces, however, and Boeing has look into the feasibility/profitability of moving those new larger pieces around.
OK, that makes sense, and I can understand that now. The Thread Title suggests otherwise, as in fact - assuming you are right - the limit is FAL throughput. However, if you have a FAL that could build 5/month, but still only put 2/month into the pipe, you'll only get 2/month out!
If you make the pipe bigger, and still only send 2 bigger bits through it every month, you still only build 2/month.
To move beyond 2/month, the entire supply chain has to move up. Will Boeing be willing to invest in ramping up production to all its subcontractors and commit to a minimum number of frames in a particular period?
The Dreamlifter is still just part of the pipe! If the FAL is the bottleneck, then it should be recognised as such, and addressed as deemed fit!