The first plane rolling down Boeing’s newest assembly line reached a significant milestone in its production this week.
The 787 Dreamliner rolled to the next position on the assembly line for the first time at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. plant. That “wheels down” event is a prelude to the beginning of electrical, mechanical and hydraulic testing for the plane. Next, workers will install the plane’s engines and interior.
That aircraft is the first to be produced in South Carolina in Boeing’s newest factory. The aircraft is due to be delivered in mid-year 2012.
That South Carolina factory eventually will produce three Dreamliners a month. Boeing’s Everett factory will produce seven of the twin-engine composite planes monthly once production is up to full speed.
The Everett factory is now building two and a half Dreamliners monthly.