First 787-9 final assembly in South Carolina

Boeing has started final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 on 22 November and on schedule, according to Boeing.

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

“Our team is well prepared and eager to assemble the 787-9 Dreamliner,” said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.  “We’re looking forward to delivering our first South Carolina-built 787-9 to United Airlines, and delivering 787-9s as well as 787-8s to all our customers.”

Source: Boeing

United's colours are already recognizable on the first 787-9 produced in South Carolina. (Image © Boeing)
United’s colours are already recognizable on the first 787-9 produced in South Carolina. (Image © Boeing)