Boeing has received federal approval to certify the 787s it manufactures at its new production line in North Charleston, South Carolina.
This comes after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) carried out a successful audit of the plant and added the North Charleston plant to Boeing's production certificate, alongside the main 787 assembly line in Everett, Washington.
Before this certificate was awarded, the FAA had to inspect each plane assembled at the North Charleston plant and issue an airworthiness certificate for each plane. The North Charleston final assembly line rolled out its first aircraft in April 2012.
Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager, Jack Jones, said,
This is a very exciting day for Boeing South Carolina, the South Carolina Interiors Responsibility Centre, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Earning the right to join the production certificate is a significant achievement that validates Boeing South Carolina as a producer of commercial airplanes that meet the FAA's requirements and Boeing's high standards.
Our challenge now is to improve even more on our abilities, knowledge, and skill that were so favorably acknowledged during the audit. I believe we will do just that, because of the personal ownership and accountability of the Boeing South Carolina team.
Boeing South Carolina is currently working on its first production, a Boeing 787 for Air India. The aircraft will roll out of the plant in July 2012.