Posted by - Neelam Mathews
Air India's third 787 and the first dreamliner built at Boeing's North Charleston facility,was delivered today. “We’re delighted to be the first airline in the world to take delivery of a Dreamliner from this beautiful factory and look forward to taking many more,” said Air India Board Member K. M. Unni. The airplane is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.“Boeing is able to celebrate this special delivery because of our long, successful partnership with Air India,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.”
In September Air India took delivery of its first of 27 Dreamliners on order.
Work on the first South Carolina-built airplane began in October 2010 with fabrication of the aft fuselage and assembly of the midbody section. Final assembly began in June 2011, and the completed airplane rolled out in April 2012 and flew for the first time in May.
Boeing South Carolina fabricates the aft body of the fuselage and assembles the aft and mid body sections prior to final assembly at the South Carolina site or in Everett, Wash.