Work is underway on Boeing’s 787 final assembly line and delivery centre at its Charleston, South Carolina facility, with the placing of the first steel column on Monday.
“This new facility will expand our production capability and strengthen the 787 program as we work toward rate,” said Marco Cavazzoni, vice president and general manager of 787 final assembly and delivery, Charleston, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “And that reflects our commitment to our customers, our team and our South Carolina community.”
The 92,903 square metre facility will start assembling 787s in July 2011, with the first Charleston built aircraft to be delivered in the first quarter of 2012. This will be in addition to Boeing’s existing 787 line at Everett, and together the facilities will produce up to 10 787s each month.