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Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina, US, facility.
According to Boeing, the team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 on the 22nd November which was on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program.
This North Charleston site joins Boeing’s Everett, Washington, US, final assembly, 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. “Achieving this significant milestone in our final assembly operations demonstrates that we’re performing well here at 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.”
Boeing says the 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family, offering airlines the ability to grow routes opened with the 787-8. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters), the 787-9 can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
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