The shipment included two fuselage barrels – the central 8.5m (28ft long) section 44 and the central-rear section 46 (10m long) – which are being transferred to the Global Aeronautica plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Global Aeronautica is a joint venture between Finmeccanica’s Alenia and Vought set up to build 787 sub-assemblies.
Once integrated at Global Aeronautica, the fuselage sub-assemblies will be transferred by 747 Dreamlifter to the 787 final assembly line in Everett near Seattle where the first 787 airframe is coming together.
Alenia has a significant role in the production of the 787, manufacturing the central and rear fuselage sections and the horizontal stabiliser, which together account for 14% of the aircraft structure.
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