Italy’s Leonardo says Boeing to replace 787 manufacturing plan this month

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DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The chief government of Italian aerospace agency Leonardo (LDOF.MI) stated Boeing (BA.N) was anticipated this month to launch an up to date manufacturing plan for its 787 Dreamliner wide-body jet.

“In the next day they will come out with a new plan,” Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo instructed Reuters on the Dubai Expo on Saturday. “They are saying they are ‘slightly more optimistic’, shall we say.”

Profumo didn’t say whether or not there could be a change in manufacturing charges within the new plan to be launched by Boeing. Leonardo manufactures a part of the Dreamliner airframe.

A Boeing consultant instructed Reuters the planemaker didn’t have any updates on 787 manufacturing. They didn’t say whether or not a brand new manufacturing plan would quickly be launched.

“We are constantly analysing the global aviation market, coordinating closely with suppliers and aligning supply with demand.”

Leonardo expects Boeing to produce at a rate of 10 Dreamliners a month by the end of 2025, Profumo said, citing existing advice from the planemaker.

Boeing was producing at a rate of 14 a month in 2019, according to the latest available data.

The U.S. planemaker suspended Dreamliner deliveries in late May after the Federal Aviation Administration raised concerns about its proposed inspection method. read more

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by William Mallard

A Boeing 787-8 puts on a display at the Farnborough Airshow, in Farnborough, Britain July 16, 2018.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo