Boeing to build newest Dreamliner in SC

Jul 31, 2014 | 05:46 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  aluminum, titanium, Boeing, South Carolina, aerospace, 787 Dreamliner, 787-10, Jon Holden International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co.’s South Carolina facility is due to grow in importance after being chosen as the exclusive final assembly site for the newest version of the 787 Dreamliner, disappointing some of the company’s largest unions.

The Chicago-based aerospace company said it will assemble the 787-10, the largest version of the Dreamliner, at its North Charleston, S.C., plant. The "Dash 10" is due to begin final assembly in 2017.

Boeing’s Everett, Wash., plant—where most Dreamliners are being assembled—was widely expected to participate in final assembly of the 787-10. But Boeing said the 787-10’s midbody fuselage section, which is 10 feet longer than the 787-9, is "too long to be transported efficiently" from North Charleston, where systems integration work is performed, to Everett for final assembly.....

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