Busy week on tap for Boeing, including its N. Charleston factory

United Airlines is getting its Boeing 787s back in the air today. (AP/Kyodo News/File)


It’s shaping up to be an eventful week for Boeing Co.

Today, United Airlines will fly its Boeing 787s for the first time since that were grounded four months ago because of smoldering batteries on Dreamliners owned by other airlines.

Also, Boeing’s financial incentives package from Charleston County are up for final approval Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in exchange for company’s commitment to invest $1.1 billion and hire 2,000 more workers locally over the next eight years.

That same day, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney will be in North Charleston to kick off a two-day investor conference with analysts who cover the Chicago-based aerospace giant. The agenda include a tour of the local 787 campus.

Today’s United flight to Chicago from Houston is on a Dreamliner that was assembled in Everett, Wash. It is scheduled to take off around noon.

Passengers didn’t appear to be too worried.

“We saw strong demand for the flight from the first weekend it opened for sale,” said United spokeswoman Christen David.

United is planning to use 787s on shorter domestic flights before resuming international flights on June 10 with new Denver-to-Tokyo service as well as temporary Houston-to-London flights. It’s adding flights to Tokyo, Shanghai, and Lagos, Nigeria, in August.