Announcing this decision, Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, "Establishing a second 787 assembly line in Charleston will expand our production capability to meet the market demand for the airplane." He added, “This decision allows us to continue building on the synergies we have established in South Carolina with Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica."
The Charleston facility will strengthen Boeing’s competitiveness. Boeing Charleston carries out fabrication, systems installation and assembly for the 787 aft fuselage sections. Global Aeronautica, located across the street from Boeing, joins and integrates 787 fuselage sections from other partners. Global Aeronautica is partly owned by Boeing.
On 27th April 2012, Boeing rolled out its first 787 Dreamliner at the Charleston final assembly site. To the cheer of thousands of Boeing staff and VIP guests, the first 787, Airplane 46, rolled out of the factory. This was a momentous event – it is the first time Boeing has rolled out a wide body aircraft outside of its Everett, Washington airplane assembly.
The aircraft will be delivered to Air India in the next two months.
According to Jack Jones, general manager at Boeing South Carolina, there are three more Air India 787s in the Charleston final assembly building. These will be delivered during the course of the year.
Boeing plans to produce 10 aircraft every month by end of 2013.
The Boeing Charleston plant will have a positive impact on the South Carolina economy.