Boeing has selected North Charleston, South Carolina as the site of its second 787 final assembly line.
"Establishing a second 787 assembly line in Charleston will expand our production capability to meet the market demand for the airplane," says Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The North Charleston site is currently responsible for the fabrication and integration of the 787's aft fuselage at Boeing Charleston, as well as the integration of the centre fuselage as part of Global Aeronautica, a joint venture with Alenia Aeronautica.
"This decision allows us to continue building on the synergies we have established in South Carolina with Boeing Charleston and Global Aeronautica," added Albaugh.
The primary Everett, Washington line became operational with the commencement of final assembly operations for ZA001, Boeing's first 787, in May 2007.
Since that time, Boeing has struggled with design issues and supply chain management problems as it works to complete the 787's maiden sortie by the close of 2009 after more than two years of delays.