Boeing has delivered to United Airlines the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its final-assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The aircraft also marks a milestone for the Boeing 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.
“In 2012, we delivered our first South Carolina-built 787-8, and less than three years later, we’re celebrating another significant milestone – our first 787-9 delivery,” says Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager for Boeing South Carolina.
During the first quarter of 2013, Boeing South Carolina employees began fabrication, assembly and integration of the aft- and mid-fuselage sections for the first Boeing 787-9 and delivered them to Everett for final assembly.
Then, in November 2014, work began on the first South Carolina-built 787-9 when the first aft-fuselage and mid-fuselage sections were delivered to Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly.
The aircraft rolled out to the flight line in January 2015 and completed its first flight last month.
“Our customers have told us they love flying on the Dreamliner, and we’re excited to mark yet another first for the aircraft with this delivery from Boeing South Carolina,” says Ron Baur, United’s vice president of fleet.
“We were the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly 787-9s in September 2014,” notes Baur.
“The Dreamliners have allowed us to fly longer distances with greater fuel efficiency and open new direct routes such as Los Angeles to Melbourne, while providing our customers and employees with a more comfortable flying experience,” says Baur.
The first Sout Carolina-delivered Dreamliner is the fourth Boeing 787-9 for United Airlines. The carrier also has 12 787-8s already in service.