Boeing 787 Achieves
Weight On Wheels Milestone
By Shane Nolan
December 21, 2011 - Boeing announced Tuesday that its first South Carolina-built 787 put weight on wheels for the first time on December 18. "Our Boeing South Carolina team has achieved another significant milestone, putting weight on wheels," said Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager.
"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. Installation of the airplane's engines and interior will begin soon.
"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."
Boeing South Carolina remains on schedule
for its first 787 Dreamliner delivery in the first half of 2012.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size
wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending
on the variant. Boeing states that it is the company's most
fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to
use composite materials for most of its construction. The 787
consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly-sized Boeing 767. Some
of its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield,
noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first
mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will
allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the
traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the
airplane offers 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
The 787 development and production has
involved a large-scale collaboration with numerous suppliers
around the globe. Final assembly is at the Boeing Everett
Factory in Everett, Washington. Aircraft will also be assembled
at a new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina. Both sites
will deliver 787s to airline customers. Originally planned to
enter service in May 2008, the project has suffered from
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