Boeing Delivers First South Carolina-Made 787-9
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Welcome to South Carolina, home to the Gamecocks, Tigers, great golf, tremendous beaches and the aircraft manufacturing headquarters of the east coast.
Three years after its first Dreamliner, a 787-8, rolled out of the hangar, Boeing Co. this week delivered the first 787-9 assembled at its North Charleston, S.C., facility to United Airlines. Overall, it was the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.
"In 2012, we delivered our first South Carolina-built 787-8, and less than three years later, we're celebrating another significant milestone – our first 787-9 delivery," Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina, said in a statement. "This is an incredible achievement for Boeing, and I'm proud to be a member of the Boeing South Carolina team."
Boeing delivered its first 787 to All Nippon Airways in Japan in 2011, so 250 in less than five years in pretty darn good.
For United, it was its fourth 787-9 and 16th Dreamliner overall. The carrier has 12 787-8s in service.
"Our customers have told us they love flying on the Dreamliner, and we're excited to mark yet another first for the aircraft with this delivery from Boeing South Carolina," said United's Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur. "We were the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly 787-9s in September 2014. The Dreamliners have allowed us to fly longer distances with greater fuel efficiency and open new direct routes such as Los Angeles to Melbourne, while providing our customers and employees with a more comfortable flying experience.”
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