Ahead of the Air Show, Boeing sought to demonstrate that its widebody jet plant in Everett is firing on all cylinders.
Last Tuesday, Pat Shanahan, Boeing senior vice president in charge of airplane programs, gave photographer Mike Siegel and me a guided tour of the 787 assembly lines in Everett.
Shanahan described remarkable progress in Dreamliner production since the years of problems and delays when, he said, “We were really struggling to get out of the ditch.”
He also cited specific improvement this year in the work coming to Everett out of South Carolina. And he provided context for an incident last month when hundreds of fasteners fell out of a 787 fuselage while under assembly in Everett. When the Seattle Times reported that incident originally, Boeing had declined to explain what had happened. Shanahan said the cause was a miscommunication between shifts, not incompetence on the part of a visiting team of South Carolina mechanics.
Here’s my story on that Everett tour.