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Boeing’s South Carolina facility begins final assembly of the first 787-9

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.

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.

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