Final assembly begins for the 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing has moved two major fuselage sections for the first 787-10 to its North Charleston final assembly plant.

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The Boeing Co. (Chicago) has begun the finally assembly of the 787-10 Dreamliner, the Charleston Post and Courier reported. Boeing has moved two major fuselage sections for the first 787-10 to its North Charleston final assembly plant.

The publication reported:

During a ceremony for Boeing employees, the mid-body and aft cabin structures were rolled into the building. The third section, the forward fuselage, is being made at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan., and will be brought to North Charleston.

The three pieces will be assembled and the plane moved to the adjacent flightline for testing in 2017. Delivery of the first 787-10 is scheduled the following year.

With a robust range capability covering more than 90% of the world's twin-aisle routes, the 787-10 will deliver 25% better fuel use and emissions than the airplanes it will replace and at least 10% better than anything being offered by the competition in the future. To date, nine customers have placed 154 orders for the 787-10. 

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