Boeing 787 center fuselage sections continue to be shipped to Wichita from Italy for temporary storage, according to an analyst who is monitoring the situation.
David Strauss, an aerospace analyst with UBS, is tracking movements of Boeing’s Dreamlifter fleet to gauge the progress of 787 Dreamliner production.
Boeing is using four heavily modified 747s called Dreamlifters to move 787 sections built by its suppliers to its assembly lines in Everett, Wash., and Charlotte, N.C.
A number of flights from Italy that are supposed to go to Charleston are instead coming to Wichita, Strauss wrote in a note to investors.
“We believe deliveries are being diverted to Wichita to help alleviate the bottleneck in Charleston around the 787-9,” he wrote.
Specifically, Strauss said UBS has tracked 30 Dreamlifter flights into Everett from major structural suppliers in May, slightly lower than in April. There also have been 10 arrivals into Charleston from Japan and Wichita to support Boeing’s second final assembly line. That was slightly lower than in April.
It also tracked 11 deliveries from Boeing supplier Alenia in Italy to Charleston in May, a new high.