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Originally published June 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM | Page modified June 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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Boeing's Everett surge line will first handle 787 re-work

Boeing said Tuesday it has completed construction of its temporary additional 787 assembly line in Everett — known as the "surge line" — but won't build new Dreamliners on it until the fall.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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Boeing said Tuesday it has completed construction of its temporary additional 787 assembly line in Everett — known as the "surge line" — but won't build new Dreamliners on it until the fall.

Until then Boeing will use the space to work on some of the approximately 45 already assembled Dreamliners that still need rework before they can be delivered, said spokesman Scott LeFeber.

Dreamliner production is stepping up, with airplane No. 67 due to roll out of the factory Wednesday night. No. 66, the first of the airplanes that doesn't need re-work, rolled out on June 4.

Minor production work on that jet is being completed on the factory apron and it should soon go to the Paine Field flight line for pre-flight operations.

Boeing intends to ramp up to five Dreamliners a month by year end, rolling airplanes off three separate assembly lines, including the surge line in Everett and one in North Charleston, S.C.

The use of the surge line for Dreamliner re-work was first reported Wednesday by aviation site FlightGlobal.

Dominic Gates: 206-464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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