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Boeing 787 assemblies, tooling in Wichita to be sent to South Carolina

  • Air Capital Insider
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.

Some fuselage assemblies and tooling for Boeing’s 787 are at Boeing Wichita temporarily as “different elements of the production system begin to phase in the new 10/month rate,” Boeing spokeswoman Mary Kelly said in an e-mail.

“It’s space that is available to use, and we’re taking advantage of it,” Kelly said.

Work won’t be done in Wichita, however.

Instead, “it is merely sitting there waiting for a ride to South Carolina,” she said.

Boeing’s site in North Charles, S.C., fabricates, assembles and installs systems for Boeing 787 Dreamliner rear fuselage sections and joins and integrates midbody fuselage sections.

It’s also one of two final assembly and delivery points for the 787.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the 787′s nose section and equips it with the needed systems and equipment for flight. It also builds the plane’s pylons.

Boeing is raising 787 production to 10 per month. Last month it announced plans to boost production to 12 per month in 2016.

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