Boeing starts construction of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner

Boeing (Chicago) reached a new milestone with the construction of the first 787 Dreamliner at its new North Charleston, SC second-line plant. The company announced its first South Carolina-built 787 put weight on wheels for the first time on December 18.

The airplane moved on its landing gear, via tug, to the next production position where electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation and testing will continue over the next several weeks. Installation of the airplane’s engines and interior will begin soon.

Boeing South Carolina remains on schedule for its first 787 Dreamliner delivery in the first half of 2012.

Air India will take delivery of this first SC-produced 787.

Made from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. More than 800 787s are on order by more than 50 airlines, a testament to the airplane’s unique capabilities.

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