Boeing has completed the first 787 to be assembled at its new South Carolina plant, the first time a Boeing airliner has been built in the southeastern US.
The milestone 787 will now undergo system checks and engine runs before flight testing and then delivery to customer Air India in mid-2012.
Boeing chose North Charleston, South Carolina as the site for its second 787 final assembly facility in October 2009, with construction starting a month later. The new facility was completed in June 2011, with 787 assembly commencing there later that month.
Boeing aims to be building three 787s a month at South Carolina by the end of next year, with the plant capable of building seven 787s a month.
Boeing South Carolina also manufactures, integrates and assembles 787 midbody and aftbody fuselage sections.