CHICAGO—Boeing will open a plant in China in partnership with state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China. The new factory will focus on painting and assembling twin-engine 737 aircraft manufactured in the US. Chinese firms also agreed to buy 300 Boeing jets, in deals worth about $38 billion.
EVERETT, WA—Through the first five months of this year, Boeing Co. is well on its way to meeting its goal for Dreamliner deliveries. Boeing’s assembly plants in South Carolina and Washington have produced 54 jets through May. At the current rate, the company will produce 130 Dreamliners by the end of the year.
EVERETT, WA—Boeing will shut down a temporary extra assembly line used to build 787 Dreamliners at the end of this year and convert it for use in early production of the forthcoming 777X jet. Two final assembly lines in Everett are currently producing seven 787s per month. Workers on the temporary line, known as the “surge line,” will transition to the other assembly line, which will step up production to match the rate from both assembly lines.
SEATTLE—Employees at one of Boeing’s Washington assembly plants are using an odd looking tablet PC with a dozen or more 0.63-millimeter silver balls attached to it. This is Boeing’s vision of the future of augmented reality integrated on the assembly line.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—The Machinists union may withdraw its request to hold a union vote next week for production workers at Boeing’s manufacturing operations here. The union has faced political opposition and may not win a majority vote from workers.