First Charleston-built Boeing 787 takes flight

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Boeing's first South Carolina-built 787, production airplane 46, has departed the Charleston international airport on its first post-production verification flight.

 
 

Following flight checks, the aircraft will be flown to Leading Edge Aviation Services in Fort Worth, Texas for painting and returned to Charleston for delivery to Air India, the customer for all four 787s Boeing plans to build at the North Charleston plant this year. A delivery date has not yet been announced but could occur in late May or June.

The North Charleston facility, which builds the aft portions and assembles the mid-sections for all 787s, is slated to ramp up its final production rate of 787s to 3.5 aircraft per month by the end of 2013, boosting overall production between the plants in Everett and Charleston to 10 aircraft per month.