Oct. 1 (UPI) — Boeing said Thursday it will consolidate production for its 787 airliner to a single plant in South Carolina, a cost-cutting measure to mitigate losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move will end the model’s production at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility sometime next year.
The announcement is a double blow for the Everett facility, which famously assembled 747 airliners for decades. Boeing has said it will end 747 production in 2022.
“The Boeing 787 is a tremendous success it is today thanks to our great teammates in Everett,” Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement. “They helped give birth to an airplane that changed how airlines and passengers want to fly.
“As our customers manage through the unprecedented global pandemic, to ensure the long-term success of the 787 program, we are consolidating 787 production in South Carolina.”