Boeing South Carolina celebrates rollout of first 787

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Published: April 30, 2012

Air India 787 rolls out of the Boeing South Carolina Facility. Courtesy, The Boeing Store Facebook page

Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. facility rolled out its first 787 Friday. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to Air India in mid-year ( ATW Daily News, April 27 ).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh told a crowd of nearly 7,000 employees and guests, “Today I welcome the South Carolina team into a small and elite fraternity—a fraternity of workers who have built one of the most complex machines in the world—a commercial airplane.”

The aircraft next goes to the flight line, where it will go through systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight, Boeing said in a statement.

Boeing broke ground on the site in November  2009 ( ATW Daily News, Nov. 23, 2009 ). The South Carolina final assembly facility was completed in June 2011 and production began later that same month ( ATW Daily News, June 14, 2011 ).

“This team has shown that we can build airplanes in South Carolina that meet the high Boeing quality standards, and do so with an exceptional workplace safety record,” said Boeing South Carolina  VP and GM Jack Jones.

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