EVERETT, Wash. (Metro) -- As Dreamliner 787's are delivered, Boeing has the flexibility for more production and future work at its Everett site, without any extensive new buildings.
Pat Shanahan, senior vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, tells the "Seattle Times" he won't rule out the option of minor expansions to buildings.
However, he says there are two large areas now in use for temporary work that could be free in time to accommodate extra production, perhaps including an assembly line to build the future 777X.
How soon the space is freed up depends on clearing the backlog of jets needing rework.
Only six of the 18 Dreamliners that rolled off the assembly line were delivered to customers in the first half of the year.
Shanahan is confident deliveries will pick up significantly this quarter through the rest of the year.
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