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First South Carolina built Boeing 787 rolls on to Final Assembly

The first South Carolina-built Boeing 787 put ‘weight on wheels’ for the first time on, earlier this week on the 18th December.

Boeing celebrated as this first 787 made its way to the Final Assembly Position 3 to complete its build over the next few months.

“Our Boeing South Carolina team has achieved another significant milestone, putting weight on wheels,” said Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager.

“This is a result of both great local talent and dedication and talent and knowledge assembled from across Boeing Commercial Airplanes.”

The 787 airframe moved on its landing gear, via tug, to the next production position where electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation and testing will continue over the next several weeks. Installation of the aircraft’s engines and interior will begin soon.

“To achieve weight on wheels just 24 months after breaking ground on this new facility is incredible,” said Marco Cavazzoni, Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery vice president and general manager.

First South Carolina Boeing 787 rolls on wheels to Final Assembly

“This is a great testament to what can be done when a well-trained, knowledgeable and highly motivated team focuses on a common goal.”

Boeing South Carolina remains on schedule for its first 787 Dreamliner delivery in the first half of 2012.


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