Boeing delivered 11 Dreamliners to customers in April, bringing its total to 41 for the year. Boeing has said it wants to bring at least 120 of its 787 models to customers by the end of this year.
Last month’s deliveries included four Dreamliners that were made in North Charleston, according to data from the “All Things 787” website compiled by Uresh Sheth, a Wall Street investment banker and Dreamliner analyst.
The locally made 787s included three of the original “Dash-8” models and one extended “Dash-9,” with customers including Norwegian Air International, Xiamen Airlines, Scoot Airlines and Kenya Airways.
May looks to be another good month for the North Charleston plant, with at least four locally made Dreamliners to be delivered. Thomson Airways took delivery of its 787-8 Thursday and is scheduled to get another Dreamliner on May 28. Avianca and United Airlines also are scheduled to get North Charleston-made 787s this month, according to the airliners.net website.
Boeing also notched nine new Dreamliner orders in April, including two for Air Tahiti Nui and one for Business Jet. The company did not disclose the other buyers.
All told, Boeing delivered 66 commercial planes to customers in April with 43 737 deliveries leading the way. That brings the year-to-date delivery total to 250 planes.
Boeing’s net orders through May 5, the most recent data available, were 128 commercial planes including 33 Dreamliners. The company now has a production backlog of just over 5,700 planes valued at $435 billion.
Late last week, Boeing announced that it will close a temporary third Dreamliner production line in Everett, Wash., because of increased efficiency at its South Carolina plant. The 787 “surge line,” as it was known, will shut down by the end of this year and will handle production of Boeing’s 777-X starting next year.
Continues at… Boeing on target for annual Dreamliner delivery goal