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July 15, 2010

First Charleston-built 787 will go to Air India

Filed under: Airlines,Boeing — aerotowfeeq @ 8:53 pm
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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner scheduled to be produced at Boeing’s new North Charleston, S.C. assembly plant is scheduled to be delivered to Air India in early 2012.

That’s the word from aviation blogger John Ostrower. The Charleston plant, which will supplement Boeing’s main 787 assembly line in Everett, is due for completion in mid-2011.

Boeing needs the extra capacity of the Charleston plant to begin filling the more that 800 orders for the Dreamliner. The first delivery of the new twin jet is set for late this year to launch customer All Nippon Airways.

Boeing is more than two years late in filling the first of the 787 orders.

The aerospace company picked Charleston for the second 787 assembly line late last year when it couldn’t reach a longterm labor peace agreement with its largest Puget Sound union, the International Association of Machinists.

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