Air India to take first Charleston-built 787

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Air India is scheduled to receive the first 787 aircraft built at Boeing's second assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina, say programme sources.

Structural sections for the first Charleston-built 787, Airplane 56, will arrive at the company's sprawling new final assembly building following its completion in July 2011, with handover to the Indian flag carrier scheduled in the first quarter of 2012.

Boeing declined to comment on how Air India was selected to be the first carrier to receive a 787 delivered from Charleston. Air India expects to take delivery of its first of 27 787s in the first quarter of 2011. Airplane 25, the airline's first, is currently in final assembly at Boeing's Everett, Washington facility.

Boeing selected North Charleston as the site of its second 787 final assembly line in October 2009 after a lengthy selection process that narrowed the competition between the current final assembly site in Washington State and the South Carolina site formerly operated by 787 suppliers Vought Aircraft Industries and Alenia Aeronautica.

Japan's All Nippon Airways is scheduled to accept delivery of the first 787 in December.