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Dreamliners will move to San Antonio for finishing touches

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
February 25, 2011 3:35 pm

With Everett’s Paine Field now overflowing with Boeing 787 Dreamliners in various stages of completion, Boeing will begin flying some of them to San Antonio next month for final modification before delivery.

Those moves are always planned as part of Boeing’s scheme to move Dreamliners out the door to airlines. But the quantity of planes has increased from the originally planned six to more than 30, said John Ostrower on his Flightblogger blog.

Boeing has parked the mostly complete planes on ramps and taxiways around the periphery of Paine Field, where the planes are built, but the field is reaching its capacity for storing the planes.

Those planes can’t be delivered to airlines until Boeing completes testing of the 787 and receives certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The work needed includes modifications to the planes made as a result of testing results and work unfinished in the assembly plant because of parts shortages.

Boeing expects to hire some 400 workers at its Port San Antonio plant (the former Kelley Air Force Base) to do the work. Boeing overhauls tankers and military transports at the facility now.

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