Boeing’s South Carolina facility has begun final assembly of its 787-9 Dreamliner, the company said.
The team there began joining the large fuselage sections of Boeing’s newest 787 on Saturday on schedule, it said.
It’s a milestone for the team and another sign of stability for the program, Boeing said.
Boeing also performs 787-9 final assembly at its Everett, Wash., plant. Production there began in the spring of 2013.
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Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the 787’s forward sections and delivers them to North Charleston, S.C., and Everett.
United Airlines will take delivery of the first South Carolina-built 787-9, Boeing said.
“Our team is well prepared and eager to assemble the 787-9 Dreamliner,” Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s South Carolina site, said in a statement. “Achieving this significant milestone in our final assembly operations demonstrates that we’re performing well here at Boeing South Carolina.”
The 787-9 is a stretched version of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The stretched version is extended by 20 feet, holds up to 40 more passengers and flies an additional 450 nautical miles.