Boeing breaks ground on second 787 assembly line

  • 24-Nov-2009 10:18 EST
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In addition to final assembly of the 787, Boeing's new plant in Charleston will have the capability to support the testing and delivery of airplanes. BE&K/Turner and BRPH Architect-Engineers for Boeing

Boeing on Nov. 20 held a groundbreaking ceremony for a second final-assembly plant for the 787 Dreamliner. Production at the plant in Charleston, SC, is expected to begin in July 2011. Boeing previously had announced that it would implement "transitional surge capability" at its current 787 final-assembly plant in Everett, near Seattle, WA, to meet demand for the aircraft. Once the Charleston plant comes on line, surge capability at Everett will be phased out, the company said. Production is expected to reach, eventually, 10 of the twin-aisles per month between the two sites. Boeing currently operates a plant in Charleston for the fabrication, assembly, and systems installation of 787 aft fuselage sections. It purchased that operation from Vought Aircraft Industries earlier this year. Across the street from that plant, Boeing and Global Aeronautica, which is 50%-owned by Boeing, is responsible for joining and integrating 787 fuselage sections supplied by various partners.

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