The final delivery area at the Boeing production facility at Charleston International Airport (image courtesy Boeing)
Charleston, SC (WLTX) -- The Boeing company says they plan to increase the 787 Dreamliner production by up to 40 percent.
In a report from The Post And Courier, Boeing is planning to initially increase production by 20% within three years, followed by another gradual increase to up production to 40% above current levels, by 2020.
The company's North Charleston and Everett, Washington assembly plants both will benefit from the production jumps, likely to require more investment in facilities and assembly plant staff.
The increases are due in part to the addition of two longer versions of the lightweight 787 models are added to Boeing's fleet.
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney, on the company's quarterly call with Wall Street analysts, said their previous goal of producing 10 Dreamliners per month has been revised to accommodate the additional configurations.
The new goal Boeing has is to accelerate the 787 Dreamliner assembly line to turn out 12 planes per month starting in 2016, and to 14 Dreamliners a month "before the end of the decade."
"Overall commercial aviation remains a very attractive near- and long-term growth market," McNerney told analysts, "our strategies have positioned us for a significant and sustained growth int he years ahead."
This past April, Boeing reached a bond deal with the state of South Carolina, committing to add 2,000 more jobs and invest another $1.1 billion in the state, in exchange for $120 million in state bond funds, to offset certain costs of their as of yet undefined "phase two" expansion at Charleston.
Boeing is anticipating delivery of 60 Dreamliners in 2013, among a total 645 commercial planes delivered throughout the year. Boeing says they have sold 131 787 Dreamliners this year, despite some high-profile glitches, including battery problems that grounded all 787s worldwide for two months.
The company is currently faced with a backlog of Dreamliner orders, with airlines around the world waiting to take delivery on the 890 orders.
Boeing also still awaits FAA approval to wrap up a land purchase of property around their Charleston Airport location, slowed by the 16 day partial government shutdown.