Boeing marked a milestone on October 5, 2012 with delivery to Air India of the first 787 Dreamliner built at its 787 final-assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina.
“Within just three years of breaking ground, we have flown and delivered our first airplane built at Boeing South Carolina,” said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina. “This is a tribute to the remarkable Boeing South Carolina team and the support we have received from our airline customers, our supplier partners and the Boeing enterprise, as well as the relationship we have with the State of South Carolina.”
Work on the Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery Center began in November 2009. Production of the first South Carolina-built Boeing 787 began in mid-2011 and the completed aircraft rolled out of the factory in April.
Boeing South Carolina fabricates, integrates and assembles the mid-body and aft-body fuselage sections for all 787 Dreamliners. Completed sections are joined in South Carolina Final Assembly, or transported via the Boeing 747-400LCF Dreamlifter to the Boeing widebody final assembly line facility (which is the world’s largest building by volume) in Everett, Washington.
“We’re delighted to be the first airline in the world to take delivery of a Dreamliner from this beautiful factory and look forward to taking many more,” said Air India Board Member K.M. Unni. “The 787 is an airplane with unmatched efficiency and technology, which will help in our airline’s turnaround plan.”
Air India has 27 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on order.
Today’s delivery marks the 28th Boeing 787 delivered to date. Boeing South Carolina will increase final-assembly production to three 787s per month by the end of 2013.