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Dan Catchpole |
Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 11:28 a.m.

Boeing halts final 787 production for 20 days

The Boeing Co. has stopped what it calls final-body join for the 787 for about 20 days, spokesman Scott Lefeber said Monday.

He said the company will continue all other phases of production.

The decision allows the company to "continue to make small schedule adjustments as needed to ensure the entire production system flows as designed and to minimize adverse impacts to final assembly," Lefeber said.

He said an earlier report that the company was halting the 787 line is not true.

"This is a proven approach that we began using last year," he said. "This is the right step to take to make sure we deliver the best airplanes to our customers with the highest quality possible today, and to maintain that quality as we move up in rate in the next few years."

He said the adjustment does not affect the first delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways of Japan or longer-term production rates.

"We continue to work toward first delivery in the August to September time period," he said..

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