Boeing delays decision on 787-10 production site

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NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, March 10 (Reuters) - B oeing Co has delayed a decision on where it will build the 787-10, the newest version of its 787 Dreamliner, a spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.

Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said in December that an announcement on where the new high-tech plane would be assembled would come in the first quarter of this year.

That decision has been delayed, Jones said, according to The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. He did not give a reason for the delay.

Asked about the report, Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said, "We're just really weighing all of our options right now."

A decision will be made this year, Eslinger said.

A backlog of thousands of work orders at Boeing's North Charleston, South Carolina plant stemming from an increase in the production of 787s and its stretch version, the 787-9, forced the company to hire hundreds of contract machinists and quality control workers late last fall and this year.

Those workers were put to work catching up on the backlog, contract workers and Boeing employees told Reuters. The backlog was expected to take six months to a year to clear up, a contract worker who did not want to be named for fear of losing employment told Reuters in January.

All aft and midbody fuselage sections for the 787-8 and 787-9 are built in North Charleston, with final assembly of most airplanes taking place in Everett, Washington.

The North Charleston plant is scheduled to build three fully assembled 787-8s a month by midyear and begin performing final assembly on the 787-9 in the fall, Boeing officials have said.

Boeing launched the 787-10 in June 2013 at the Paris Airshow. The aircraft drew 102 provisional orders worth nearly $30 billion at list prices.

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tomas85225 wrote:
The Boeing product line is out dated the 747 was design in 1961, 737 in 1966, 757 & 767 in 1972, 777 in 1989, 737NG in 1997, 787 in 2003, 777-X 2013

What does Boeing need with 747-8, 767-200, -300, -400, 777-200, -300, -8X, -9X, 787-8,-9,-10 all in the oversea market.

Boeing has offer the 777-100 & combo at the Pair Air shown in 1995 and the 777-X twice before (Boeing did not build the double Decker 747-500 & -500 in 1997 or the Sonic Cruiser or the X-48- 797 BWB)

Boeing has offer the 777-X and 787-10 after Airbus A-350 when into production and the problems with late delivery with 747-8 of 57 deliveries in the late two years and 103 deliveries of the 787-8 in the last 10 years

Air India and Jet Air has decided to sell five out of its eight Boeing 777-200LR aircraft owing to changes in market dynamics due to the Global recession, steep increase in fuel prices and poor yields on non-stop routes,

Many airlines are not replacing there exist Boeing aircraft, since Boeing CEO James McNerney, and GE CEO Jeff” Immelt are member of the board on the Import-Export Bank that made better loan to foreign airlines at a lower interest rate

Delta, and other Airline Group have file law suits against The U.S. Export-Import Bank over Air India Loan Guarantees

Boeing Dreamliner Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld on Appeal – ……/boeing-class-action-case-dismissal-upheld-by…This may be the reason that airlines are ordering from Airbus
This may explained why Airbus has beaten Boeing again in 2013

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