Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina 787 factory has experienced a higher number of behind-schedule jobs involving the airplane’s mid-body section than originally anticipated, requiring it to apply “additional resources” to help flow times progress to a satisfactory level, Boeing CFO Greg Smith acknowledged during a conference call the company held Wednesday to discuss its fourth-quarter earnings.
Boeing has left little doubt that it harbors bigger plans for its new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, where by the end of this year it expects to deliver three Dreamliners a month.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh argued for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank April 27 during a brief speech celebrating the rollout of the first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s new final assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C.
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) opened its third offsite Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic school campus earlier this month in Myrtle Beach, S.C., following receipt of FAA certification on January 4. Classes began at the Myrtle Beach facility on Monday. Five years ago, PIA opened a campus in Youngstown, Ohio, and added another facility in Hagerstown, Md., last April. “It’s an exciting time for us,” said Gary Hoyle, director of campus operations. “I’ve been at Pittsburgh Institute for 38 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever done something like this.
South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, and Lindsey Graham, one of the state’s two U.S. senators, have made the trip to Farnborough to help the South Carolina Department of Commerce (in the U.S. Pavilion, Hall 3 Stand B3) and local economic developers attract more aerospace investment to their sunny, southern state.
Boeing took another visible step toward full production of the 787 Dreamliner yesterday as it set the first steel column for its 787 final assembly and delivery facility in North Charleston, S.C.
The southeast U.S. is West Star Aviation’s latest area of coverage. West Star Aviation of Columbia, S.C., slated to open in the first quarter of this year, will initially offer services for turbine aircraft with a max takeoff weight of less than 12,500 pounds, including the Citation 500, 525, 550, 560 and 650 series; Learjet 30 series, 40/45s, 55s and 60 series; Hawker 700 and 800 series; and Falcon 10/100 and 20-5.
Boeing announced yesterday that it will place its second final assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, S.C., ending months of speculation over how and when the company’s standoff with the International Association of Machinists would end. Along with serving as a location for final assembly of 787 Dreamliners, the facility also will have the capability to support the testing and delivery of the airplanes.
Boeing announced today that it has agreed to acquire the business and operations conducted by Vought Aircraft Industries at its North Charleston, S.C. factory, where it builds the aft fuselage section for the 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing said the deal will accelerate productivity and efficiency within the 787 supply chain.
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