Boeing continues move to higher 787 rate

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Boeing on 9 November rolled out the first 787 produced at the higher rate of five aircraft per month and says it is on course to achieve a build rate of 10 Dreamliners per month by late 2013.

Mike Sinnett, 787 chief project engineer, says: "The airplanes are coming down the line much more efficiently than they were. Our crews are learning and the production issues we have had are behind us now."

Its production ramp-up has been aided by the opening of a surge line earlier this year at Everett and a second final assembly facility at Charleston, South Carolina.

The aircraft is the 83rd Dreamliner to be built.

Meanwhile, LOT Polish Airlines became the first European carrier to receive the type after taking delivery of its first of eight aircraft. The Polish flag carrier has five more 787s due to arrive next year followed by the remaining two in 2014, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. The airline's existing 767-300s will gradually be retired as its Dreamliners come on stream, initially being deployed on short-haul European routes to enable its pilots to gain familiarity with the twinjet before taking it on LOT's Chicago run from 16 January 2013.