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The Post and Courier: Boeing Charleston lets mechanics inspect their own work, leading to repeated mistakes, workers say

Apparently Boeing cares more about speed and not accuracy on the 787 production line at Charleston, SC according to this article by The Post and Courier. Read the article: CLICK HERE

British Airways is coming to Charleston, SC

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British Airways has made this announcement:

Customers can swing their way to charming Charleston next summer as British Airways launches a new route to the soulful South Carolina city.

From April 4, 2019, British Airways will launch a two-per-week summer service from Heathrow, Terminal 5 and will be the only airline flying direct between Europe and the southern city.

The service will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Boeing has a factory in Charleston where they are currently building the 787-10 Dreamliner. British Airways will take delivery of 12 new Boeing 787-10s between 2020 and 2023.

The new route will take the number of US destinations the airline flies to from London next summer up to 29, and the number of daily flights offered by British Airways and American Airlines as part of their transatlantic joint business up to around 73 per day. The airline is also launching a four per week service to Pittsburgh from April 2019.

The flights will run on Thursdays and Sundays with the BA221 departing from Heathrow at 5.20pm, arriving into Charleston at 9.20pm that evening. The return flight BA220 will depart Charleston at 10.50pm, arriving into London at 11.50am, the following day.

·       Flights will run from April 4 until October 24 2019.

·       *As voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure magazine

Timetable

Sector Day of the week Departure time Arrival time
LHR to CHS Thursday and Sunday 17.20 21.20
CHS to LHR Thursday and Sunday 22.50 11.50 (the next day)

 

Top Copyright Photo (all others by BA): British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJJ (msn 60629) LHR (SPA). Image: 943936.

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Boeing delivers the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Korean Air

Boeing and Korean Air on February 22, 2017 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. The Seoul-based carrier will be the first Korean carrier to operate the 787-9 Dreamliner in the country. The airline is scheduled to launch domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul (Gimpo) for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes to Toronto, Madrid, and Zurich later this year.

Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year with another five joining the fleet by 2019.

Photo: Boeing. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL8081 (msn 34810) is pictured at Charleston, SC.

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Alaska Airlines starts flying to Charleston, South Carolina

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Alaska Airlines today (November 16) started a new route connecting Boeing’s two main airliner assembly destinations. The airline is expanding its Seattle/Tacoma hub with new service from Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is the seventh new city the carrier has added this year, following last month’s start of service from Seattle/Tacoma to Raleigh/Durham.

 

 

 

Flights will be operated with Next Generation 737 aircraft four days a week.

Alaska Airlines continues to build up the SeaTac hub with new routes to Charleston, Nashville and Raleigh/Durham

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is growing again its SeaTac hub with new nonstop service from its Seattle/Tacoma hub to Charleston, South Carolina (connecting the two Boeing 787 assembly areas), Nashville, Tennessee and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2015.

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By this fall, Seattle’s largest airline will serve 83 destinations from Seattle/Tacoma with 290 peak daily flights—two-and-a half times that of Alaska’s nearest competitor.

Flights will be operated by fuel-efficient Next Generation 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N548AS (msn 30020) with special markings promoting the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Boeing delivers the first South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliner to United Airlines

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to United Airlines (Chicago). The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.

In the first quarter of 2013, Boeing South Carolina teammates began fabrication, assembly and integration of the aft and mid fuselage sections for the first Boeing 787-9 and delivered them to Everett Final Assembly. In November 2014, work began on the first South Carolina-built 787-9 when the first aft and mid sections were delivered to Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly. The airplane 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,” said United’s Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur. “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. 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.”

This is the fourth 787-9 for United Airlines, in addition to the 12 787-8s the airline already has in service.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 is designed to fly up more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional fuel and environmental performance: 20 percent less fuel use and emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N35953 (msn 36404) was handed over to United today (March 17).

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Boeing responds to IAM’s petition to unionize Boeing South Carolina

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has released this statement in regards to possible unionization of its South Carolina Boeing 787 workforce by the IAM:

Boeing was notified on March 16 that the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union election at the company’s North Charleston, S.C., facilities.

If the NLRB permits it, a vote will be scheduled for eligible teammates to decide whether they will turn over their rights to the IAM or keep a direct relationship with the company.

“Boeing South Carolina teammates have done what so many people said couldn’t be done. And they did it by working together, engaging every day, and truly committing themselves to the success of our site,” said Beverly Wyse, Boeing South Carolina’s newly appointed vice president and general manager. “And let’s be really clear, the IAM was not part of this success – it was our BSC teammates. In fact, the IAM aggressively opposed it, as publicly demonstrated by their filing of a claim with the National Labor Relations Board, to try to keep our site from even opening. Now, simply by filing this petition, the same union that tried to take our jobs and our work, has already begun to divide our team at a time when we’re just beginning to gel and catch a solid rhythm in production.”

Boeing firmly believes that a union is not in the best interest of Boeing South Carolina teammates and their families, their communities, and the state of South Carolina, especially after years of the IAM insulting the abilities of Boeing South Carolina teammates and fighting against BSC’s success.

“We think our Boeing South Carolina teammates deserve to pave their own future and keep their hard-earned money in their own pockets,” said Wyse. “In fact, they’ve been very successful doing just that for the past five years. They’ve built not only new airplanes, but also a new site, and new opportunities for an incredible future here in South Carolina by working together as a team, without the distractions of a union. We’re extremely proud of what our teammates have accomplished.”

Boeing South Carolina has established several outlets to keep teammates, their families and the community updated throughout this process, including a website and Facebook page that provides information, facts, data, and additional resources related to the IAM’s unionizing efforts in South Carolina.

Southwest Airlines to go to 166 daily flights at Dallas Love Field with new services, announces new routes from Orange County

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it added nonstop flight options between 10 cities and Dallas Love Field, linking a total of 43 destinations to Dallas beginning in April 2015.

Starting April 8, 2015, Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and:

Charleston, South Carolina*
Columbus
Indianapolis
Memphis
Milwaukee
Panama City, Florida
Portland, Oregon
Sacramento
San Jose, California
Seattle/Tacoma

*Nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and Charleston, SC, begins on April 11, 2015 and operates only on Saturdays.

Beginning April 8, 2015, Southwest will begin offering daily flights between Dallas and Panama City on a seasonal basis, one month after launching the route with weekly flights on Saturdays. The same day, increased flights begin between Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area), and Santa Ana/Orange County.

This announcement brings Southwest’s service at Love Field to 166 daily flights.

More nonstop destinations are landing at Santa Ana/Orange County. The carrier has also announced new service between Santa Ana/Orange County and Seattle/Tacoma and between Santa Ana/Orange County and Chicago (Midway).

These new flights are in addition to previously announced service between Santa Ana/Orange County and Austin, all of which are effective June 28, 2015.

Southwest also will increase the number of daily, nonstop departures between Santa Ana/Orange County and Dallas Love Field and Santa Ana/Orange County and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico effective April 8 and plans to inaugurate daily service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on June 7, from Santa Ana/Orange County, subject to governmental approvals.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 N640SW (msn 27713) prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Porter Airlines to add seasonal service to Charleston, South Carolina

Porter Airlines (Toronto) is introducing weekly seasonal service between its Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport base and Charleston, South Carolina from February 14 to May 2, 2015.

The new South Carolina service (the company previously operated to Myrtle Beach) will supplement regular service to these US cities (below):

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQO (msn 4270) arrives in Washington (Dulles) (all others by Porter).

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Boeing begins the final assembly of the first 787-9 at Charleston, S.C. for United Airlines

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has issued this statement:

Boeing started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 November 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program.

The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Washington, final assembly, which began 787-9 production in May 2013. United Airlines will take delivery of the first South Carolina-built 787-9.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters), the 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large, dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/www.vrefphotos.com/AirlinersGallery.com). United Airlines is already operating the stretched 787-9 Dreamliner, previously delivered from the Seattle area. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N38950 (msn 36401) taxies at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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