Boeing is planning to announce its intent to buy the 787 operations run by Vought Aircraft Industries in North Charleston, S.C. from the Carlyle Group, according to a report by FlightBlogger’s Jon Ostrower, which cites unnamed sources.
In the last two years, Boeing has worked to gain control over its supply chain for the troubled 787 program. The purchase may set the stage for a second final assembly line for the new 787.
Once an announcement is made, there will be a week-long transition to shift operational control of the facility to Boeing, the report said.
The transition will draw on the lessons learned after Boeing sold off its Wichita commercial operations to Onex Corp. in 2005, forming Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit is a key supplier to Boeing on the 787 program.