Boeing has delivered the first 787 assembled in North Charleston, South Carolina, to Air India, a key milestone in the airframer's plan to nearly triple output to 10 aircraft per month by the end of next year.
The delivery event means that Boeing can now deliver 787s from three final assembly lines, including the original line in Everett, Washington, and a recently-activated surge line in the same factory. Boeing also is delivering 787s from a modification centre, which is integrating engineering changes to aircraft that were built before the 787 achieved certification.
Boeing has now delivered 28 787s overall and 24 this year, but output is expected to rapidly increase with three active assembly lines.
The production ramp-up plan calls for increasing deliveries to five per month by the end of 2012, and twice that number only 12 months later.