MIAMI — As Boeing’s centennial anniversary approaches this summer, the company is also celebrating the number 100 for a different reason today, as its Charleston, South Carolina plant is delivering to American Airlines the 100th 787 built there. This milestone was reached in less than four years after the rollout of the first Dreamliner from the site on April 27, 2012.
“Reaching this milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.
Today’s delivery marks the first 787-8 for American coming from Boeing South Carolina and the 14th overall. To date, the airline has 28 more Dreamliners on order, including the larger -9 variant to be delivered in the third quarter of this year. This delivery follows last week’s of N° 99 to Saudi Arabian Airlines.
“The 787 has quickly become an important part of our fleet, allowing us to fly profitably to new places like Auckland, New Zealand,” said Chuck Schubert, Vice President of Network Planning, American Airlines. “When we’re trying to match the right plane to each route, the 787 is a great aircraft to have.”
Boeing’s South Carolina plant will be the exclusive assembly site for the forthcoming 787-10, the largest variant of the Dreamliner to be built. Last December, Boeing completed the design work and the company expects to start the assembly of the 787-10 this year, followed by the first flight in 2017.
First deliveries are scheduled to be in 2018 to United Airlines. The largest operators of the variant will be Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways, with 30 aircraft each.