Boeing now making seven 787s per month; Gov. Haley visiting North Charleston plant tomorrow

Post and Courier file photo: After making major components for the 787 Dreamliner, South Carolina Boeing employees got an up-close look at the wide-body, lightweight jet parked in the new final assembly building in North Charleston on Tuesday June 28, 2011. (Wade Spees/

Wade Spees

Between its factories in Everett, Wash. and North Charleston, Boeing is now making seven 787 Dreamliners per month.

The first airplane built at that new rate - the 114th 787 overall and the 100th built in Everett - rolled out earlier this week, the company announced Thursday morning.

The plants had been transitioning from five 787s per month and are still on track to be making 10 Dreamliners per month by the end of the year, according to the company.

The production-rate ramp-up has continued on schedule despite the worldwide grounding of the high-tech jet for more than three months this year following a pair of mysterious smoky battery malfunctions.

Boeing’s North Charleston final assembly factory is building about two airplanes per month and features several completed jets on its flight line, soon to be delivered to customers like Air India and Hainan Airlines. The plane maker has delivered 50 787s to eight airlines and has has more than 800 unfilled orders.

Gov. Nikki Haley will visit the site’s delivery center Friday morning, according to her weekly schedule.

The governor will join state legislative leaders and Boeing officials to approve the $120 million bond bill that was introduced a month ago and will help fund Boeing’s future growth.

The company has pledged to invest $1.1 billion and hire 2,000 more people in South Carolina in exchange for the governmnent incentives package that also includes generous tax breaks from the county.

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