Boeing has greatly expanded a little-publicized plan to establish a modification line in
The precise number of airframes remains in flux, but at least the first 20 787s assembled in
Boeing’s plan taps an experienced pool of about 400 freelance aerospace technicians in
The exact number of airframes shipped to
But two programme delays that have pushed back both the 787’s original first flight and first delivery dates by at least nine months. The delays also have prompted Boeing to revisit the plan for
On 15 January, Keith Graf, an aerospace economic development official for
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems division will manage the contract workers hired for the 787 modification line.
A San Antonio-based Boeing spokeswoman confirms the site’s existing facilities will be leveraged by the 787 programme to perform “change incorporation and refurbishment” tasks on the 787. The precise nature of the role and the statement of work are still being defined, she adds. The start date for the modification line also remains in flux.
In recent years, the Boeing’s defence division in