At a time when Boeing continues to assure Wall Street that all is well with the 787 program, industrial partner Alenia of Italy and traveled work from Boeing South Carolina continue to plague the program, according to a report from The Everett Herald.
The Herald’s report also comes on the heels of a “documentary” by Al Jazeera English calling into question the competency of the Charleston 787 plant. The documentary was widely criticized, including by this column, for its tactics.
The newspaper, which is located in the same city as Boeing’s wide-body plant, reports that barrel sections made by Alenia continue to have quality control issues, six years after production began on the composite airliner.
Poor workmanship from Charleston requires workers at the Everett plant to complete or re-do work, according to the newspaper.
The problems were so severe that Boeing had to slow production on Everett’s Surge line and Line 1, according to the paper. No new airplanes rolled out of the Everett factory from mid-August to early September, the paper reported. Boeing says the suspension was planned two years ago in connection with a rate break.
We’ve been told that Alenia, and one of Boeing’s industrial partners in Japan, continue to be problem areas. Quality control at Charleston continues to be pinpointed as causing issues, we’ve been told for months.
Charleston is also running well behind its original plan to produce three 787s a month by the end of last year. According to The Herald, Charleston is only now largely meeting this target.