Permits detail potential Charleston 787 line

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Details from recently filed permits for a second 787 line in Charleston, South Carolina have emerged as newly minted President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh, made his first visit to the site.

Though there appears to be no direct connection to Albaugh's visit to Charleston and the selection of a second line, that decision - expected by year-end - will define his early months at the helm of BCA.

The Charleston Post Courier reports that the permits, filed 25 August, make way for a 66,890 sq m (720,000 sq ft) facility at the southern end of Charleston Air Force base on the Boeing Campus.

Aerospace analyst Scott Hamilton notes that the Everett factory is 399,483 sq m (4.3 million sq ft) by comparison. Each of the six bays at Boeing's Everett, Washington facility is roughly 66,890 sq m, including the existing 787 line.

Programme sources indicate that that there has been increased surveying activity at the Boeing Charleston site with ther arrival of heavy equipment including an excavator, steam shovel, small bulldozer and a brush cutter.

Boeing emphasises that no decision has been made on the location of the second line, however, the permits, which are said to be filed for bureaucratic purposes, indicate that brush clearing would begin in November and last until February if the green-light is given.