Boeing has chosen North Charleston, S.C., as the location for its new 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility, the company announced today. Boeing said it will buy land from Stone Mountain Industrial Park and begin construction in the fourth quarter of this year.
Boeing Everett Factory
Boeing has begun accepting delivery of major structural parts again for the 787 and plans to begin joining all the sections of the 23rd Dreamliner next Monday. The company had suspended delivery of incomplete sections for the 23rd and 24th Dreamliners in late April to help the suppliers cope with parts shortages and other “difficulties.”
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner factory in Everett, Wash., continues to bustle as the company allows partners extra time to complete work on fuselage sections for the 23rd and 24th airplanes. During the last week of April, Boeing adjusted its schedule by 24 manufacturing days and asked suppliers to refrain from sending incomplete components to Everett for the two Dreamliners.
Boeing insists the first 787 Dreamliner remains on schedule for first delivery to All Nippon Airways by the end of this year, despite some admitted glitches during flight testing that appear to have eroded much of the margin the company had built into its timetable for certification.
The second Boeing 747-8 Freighter, RC 522, completed its first flight yesterday evening, the company announced today. The airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 3:57 p.m. local time and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle at 6:25 p.m.
Captained by Kirk Vining and copiloted by Rick Braun, the airplane reached an altitude of 27,000 feet and an airspeed of 240 knots.
Boeing has added the fourth 787 to its flight-test fleet with yesterday’s first flight of Dreamliner ZA003. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 10:55 a.m. local time and landed at 2:01 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Captains Ray Craig and Mike Bryan piloted the airplane on its three-hour, six-minute flight. ZA003 is the final 787 with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to enter the flight-test program.
A third airplane–Dreamliner ZA004–joined the Boeing 787 flight-test program when it took off at 11:43 am local time yesterday from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Boeing said the program plan called for ZA004 to fly before ZA003 because the program needs the data from ZA004 more quickly both for certification and development of the next Dreamliner variant–the 787-9.
The Boeing 747-8 Freighter took to the air for its first flight today from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 12:39 p.m. PST, marking the start of a flight-test program scheduled to last until near the end of this year. The first of three 747-8 prototypes built for the program took off some two and a half hours later than originally planned due to a low cloud ceiling over Paine Field this morning.
Boeing delivered 481 commercial airplanes last year, matching its guidance of 480 to 485 units, the company announced today. The Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) backlog now stands at 3,375 airplanes. Boeing registered 263 gross and 142 net commercial orders for the year as air travel and freight declined and carriers worldwide experienced what Boeing described as severe economic “challenges.”
Boeing completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 787 Dreamliner on Saturday, marking the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight. Boeing’s “window” for flying the airplane opens tomorrow at 10 a.m., when, depending on the weather, the 787 could fly for the first time, from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.