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Major Assembly of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Starts

02 July 2006

Boeing and its partner Fuji Heavy Industries have started major assembly for the first 787 Dreamliner. FHI began to assemble the centre wing section at its new factory in Handa, Japan, near Nagoya.

""When I look at this piece of structure coming together I know that we are seeing the future of our industry,"" said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program for Boeing. ""We have introduced new materials, new processes, new tools and a new way of working together that is ushering in a new era in commercial aviation.""

When it is completed, it will be flown from Japan to Charleston, S.C., where Global Aeronautica will integrate it with other 787 structures before sending it on to Everett, Wash.

Norihisa Matsuo, corporate executive vice president and president of FHI's Aerospace Company, said, ""FHI has received extraordinary support from Boeing and other global partners. The start of major assembly is really the result of the effort of the entire team. We are very proud of achieving major assembly start of 787 programs as a milestone as scheduled today.""

Scott Strode, vice president of Airplane Development and Production on the 787 program, said, ""We at Boeing are so proud to share this day with FHI -- a longtime, valuable partner. You understand our vision and share our commitment to excellence.""





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