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Boeing will consolidate Dreamliner manufacturing in South Carolina as demand drops


The Boeing Co. manufacturing facility stands in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on Monday, Might 4, 2020. Boeing is restarting its 787 operations on the plant for the primary time since April 8, together with all operations that have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ABC Information reported.

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Boeing on Thursday stated it plans to consolidate its 787 Dreamliner manufacturing at its South Carolina facility subsequent 12 months, a bid to decrease prices amid weak demand, marking a blow for its Seattle-area manufacturing hub.

Boeing in July stated it could consider consolidating manufacturing strains for the widebody jets, which it presently has in each Everett, Washington, and North Charleston, South Carolina, a plant the place the workforce is not unionized.

At the moment, Boeing stated it is going to additional minimize already-reduced manufacturing plans for the 787, a aircraft used typically on worldwide routes, which have been extra affected than home journey within the pandemic. It could make six 787 per thirty days subsequent 12 months from 10 due to the “ongoing challenges offered by the pandemic and the influence on our airline clients.”

Boeing introduced the second manufacturing line for the 787 practically 11 years in the past and consolidating manufacturing there’s the newest ache for Boeing’s staff and the financial system round its Seattle-area manufacturing amenities. Boeing employs about 7,000 individuals in South Carolina and near 70,000 in Washington state, in line with its most up-to-date counts.

The dismal plane market on prime of the aftermath of two deadly crashes of its best-selling 737 Max prompted a wave of cost-cutting. Boeing earlier this 12 months stated it deliberate to scale back its 160,000-person workforce by 10%, warning this summer season that further cuts are doable.

Boeing additionally plans to cease making the long-lasting 747 jetliner, that are additionally produced in Everett, in 2022.

That is breaking information. Examine again for updates.


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