In response to reports of widespread production problems and unfinished plane parts leaving Boeing's North Charleston 787 assembly plant, the company plans to respond to inquiries in a "revised statement."
Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the statement, which could come Friday, will have a different focus from the one issued Jan. 22 when reports surfaced of the company hiring hundreds of temporary workers to meet ramped-up production goals.
That statement referred to a "temporary surge" of workers to help meet the company's increased production rate of 10 787 Dreamliners a month, a rate that will rise to 12 a month in two years and 14 a month by 2019 to meet a backlog of hundreds of orders by airlines worldwide.
The company admitted it faced "challenges" with its production goals but said it "has a solid plan to continue to implement improvements as we go forward. We see no risk to the program's ability to meet its commitments."
The company said it was meeting its production goals.
A Seattle Times report earlier this week cites unnamed sources who say unfinished Dreamliner fuselage sections are being sent to Washington state where the unionized workforce there has to complete the planes and fix problems.
Among those problems are missing cables, unconnected wires and a host of other unfinished tasks on 787 fuselages leaving the North Charleston nonunionized factory floor, according to the newspaper.
The story says the unfinished parts are being signed off on and sent to Everett, Wash., so North Charleston can say it's met its production goals.
After two days of no response to multiple requests for an interview with a high-ranking Boeing official to respond to reports of production problems in North Charleston, Boeing on Thursday denied The Post and Courier's requests.
"As a general rule we typically do not publicly share specific details of our production operations," Boeing said in its statement last month.
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