787 production rate to increase in September

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Boeing will reach a raised production rate of five 787 Dreamliners a month in September, meeting its goal of hitting the target by year-end.

The airframer is currently producing 3.5 aircraft per month and that number will reach five aircraft next month, says Larry Coughlin, director of the Boeing 787 final assembly in Everett today.

Boeing plans to reach a target of 10 aircraft per month by the end of 2013 from three 787 assembly lines in Everett and Charleston, South Carolina. It recently activated a surge line in Everett that it had previously used for post-assembly modifications, adding a third assembly line to the programme.

The airframer is delivering its 18th 787 tomorrow to Chile's LAN, which is likely to be the fourth operator of the aircraft after All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.