Boeing announced on Mar 30, 2023, that it is preparing to increase production of its 787 Dreamliner from three to four per month at its assembly line in Charleston, South Carolina.
This is likely to increase again to five per month before the end of the year, according to a Reuters report quoting Boeing sources.
The ramp up in production rates is not exclusive to the Dreamliner. In April 2023, the American manufacturer announced that the Boeing 737 MAX assembly line, located in Renton, Washington, would also see an increase in production from 31 to 38 aircraft per month.
For context, before the COVID-19 pandemic Boeing had been building up to 14 Dreamliners per month, although this was across two production facilities: one in Charleston and the other in the Seattle area.
The Boeing 787 program has suffered several setbacks in recent years, with deliveries being suspended for periods of varying length due to technical issues in 2020, 2021 and, more recently, in February 2023.
As recently as September 2022 the production rate was two aircraft per month, a number that, as Boeing reported in April 2023, later stabilized at three per month.