Boeing 787 Dreamliner is Wheels Down in South Carolina

South Carolina 787 Dreamliner - Wheels Down | Photo Credit: Boeing | Aviation News

Weight on Wheels in South Carolina

December 18, 2011, became a significant milestone for the South Carolina 787 program when the first locally built 787 put weight on wheels for the first time.  Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager exclaimed, “This is a result of both great local talent and dedication and talent and knowledge assembled from across Boeing Commercial Airplanes.”

The airplane moved on its landing gear, via tug, to the next production position where electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation and testing will continue over the next several weeks. As the aircraft continues forward, the installation of the airplane’s engines and interior will begin soon.

Boeing South Carolina remains on schedule with their goal to deliver their first 787 Dreamliner in the first half of 2012.

“To achieve weight on wheels just 24 months after breaking ground on this new facility is incredible,” said Marco Cavazzoni, Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery vice president and general manager. “This is a great testament to what can be done when a well-trained, knowledgeable and highly motivated team focuses on a common goal.”

Unlike traditional Boeing aircraft, this plane is made from light-weight composite materials.  The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-sized aircraft capable of flying long-range flights.  The smaller aircraft size combined with significant range will allow airlines to start new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.  The innovative technologies incorporated into the airplane provide unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.

More than 800 787s are on order by more than 50 airlines, a testament to the airplane’s unique capabilities.

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