Boeing breaks ground on second 787 facility in South Carolina
The facility will be the second of two used to assemble the 787 Dreamliner.
A groundbreaking ceremony The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash.) held on Nov. 20, 2009 marked the construction start of its Boeing Charleston facility for a second 787 Dreamliner final assembly site. The facility also will have the capability to support the testing and delivery of airplanes. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “Today’s event marks the beginning of an expansion plan that will strengthen the 787 program and allow us to continue building on the footprint we have established in South Carolina with Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica.” The company announced an order for 25 787s placed by United Airlines on Dec. 8, 2009.