Courtesy, Boeing

Boeing has taken 787 VP Scott Fancher off the Dreamliner program and replaced him with 777 program VP Larry Loftis.

In a switch announced Friday, Fancher takes over as 777 program VP, reporting to Pat Shanahan, senior VP of Airplane Programs. He will also work with Lars Andersen, defining the next variant of the 777, Boeing said.

The switch takes effect immediately and comes at a time when the 787 is still facing production challenges as the program shifts from the first delivery phase to production ramp-up (ATW Daily News, Feb. 21).

Boeing is now building 2.5 787s per month and is slated to ramp up to 3.5 Dreamliners monthly in the second quarter, and to 10 by the end of 2013.

"As this [787] program transitions into production, this appointment will take advantage of Larry's more than 32 years of  commercial product experience and knowledge of Boeing's production system," Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh said.