Boeing rolls out first 787 at rate of seven per month

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Boeing has started rolling 787s off three assembly lines at a rate of one every three days instead of roughly four, as the company continues to accelerate to an even faster rate by the end of the year.

The 114th 787 built overall rolled out earlier this week in Everett, Washington. It was the first that rolled out since Boeing increased its production rate to seven aircraft per month, or one every three working days.

Boeing plans to increase the rate to 10 per month by the end of the year, and is considering options to go beyond even that number.

So far, Boeing is still delivering 787s a slower rate than it is building them. Only 50 787s have been delivered so far, and new deliveries have been on hold since mid-January due to the fleetwide grounding caused by battery failures.

The US Federal Aviation Administration lifted the grounding order on 26 April, and Boeing is expected to resume deliveries to the first customer shortly.