The Seattle Times reports that Boeing has frozen its assembly line, halting parts deliveries from its global suppliers, in order to do catch up work on the planes currently on the assembly line at its Everett factory.
The pause in work could mean that Boeing will miss its target for 787 deliveries this year, pushing back deliveries to some airlines who were expecting planes by year’s end into next year.
A person familiar with the condition of the Dreamliners that have already rolled out of the factory, including the planes to be delivered earliest, said work on those jets is progressing extremely slowly.
Particularly time-consuming tasks include the wholesale replacement of air-conditioning units on each jet and the resealing of all the fasteners in the wing tanks.
“They might get two delivered” by year-end, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Boeing has said that first delivery to All Nippon Airways will not be affected. But any major slowdown in the production line could indicate that Boeing is still a long ways off from having the 787 pointed in a profitable direction