Boeing announces 787 program and, after a naming contest, calls it the Dreamliner.
The 787 program is launched with a record order from All Nippon Airways of Japan.
Vought Aircraft Industries and Global Aeronautica (a Vought-Alenia Aeronautica joint venture) begin construction of their 787 aft- and mid-body factories near Charleston International Airport.
The 787 program opens its final-assembly plant in Everett, Wash. The first 787 rolls out of the factory in Everett. Boeing postpones the first flight, the first in a rash of postponements that would dog the program.
Boeing buys Vought’s interest in Global Aeronautica. The first Dreamliner delivery out of Everett is delayed by supply-chain and other problems.
Boeing buys Vought’s North Charleston facility and picks North Charleston as the site for its second 787 final-assembly line. Boeing also buys out Alenia’s interest in Global Aeronautica, leading to an all-Boeing site at the airport. The 787 flies for the first time from Paine Field near Seattle.
The first 787 delivery is postponed due to software and electrical updates following an in-flight fire. In response to a June 2010 complaint filed by the machinists union, the National Labor Relations Board sues Boeing in a high-profile dispute that was later resolved. Boeing opens the final-assembly plant in North Charleston, and work on the first South Carolina jet begins. Boeing’s Washington plant delivers the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways, three years late.
Boeing’s local interiors factory begins production off Ladson Road. Boeing South Carolina rolls out its first Dreamliner and flies it for the first time on May 23. A General Electric engine mounted on a 787 fails during a test run July 28 at Charleston International Airport, prompting inspections and an ongoing federal safety investigation. Boeing’s first South-Carolina-made commercial jet is delivered to Air India on Oct. 5.