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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner made its international debut landing at the Farnborough Airport at 9:09 a.m. (local time) in support of the Farnborough International Airshow that begins Monday.

"It's an honor to showcase the 787 here at the Farnborough Airshow," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "I can't think of a finer stage on which to present this highly anticipated airplane."

This is the first international trip made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane came via nonstop flight to Farnborough, U.K., from Seattle.

"We took advantage of the flying time to conduct some flight testing on the way," Fancher said. "We're taking every opportunity to complete our testing requirements when we fly."

The 787 Dreamliner is built by an international team and will provide airlines around the globe with a new level of efficiency in operations, with a 20 percent reduction in fuel use when compared to similar-sized airplanes. The 787 also brings a new level of passenger comfort to travelers including bigger windows and more personal space as well as an environment designed to help them arrive at their destinations feeling refreshed.

Boeing executives and members of the board of directors, dignitaries from the United States and U.K. and a wide variety of media were on hand to welcome Captains Mike Bryan and Ted Grady as they stepped off the airplane and welcomed visitors aboard. About a dozen people traveled on the airplane to conduct testing during the flight.

Fancher and other Boeing executives will provide a media briefing on the 787 at the airshow's main press chalet at 10 a.m. (local time). The airplane, referred to as ZA003, will depart Tuesday afternoon, July 20.

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Lori Gunter
787 Communications

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Boeing Will Manufacture Certain Interior Parts From New South Carolina Facility
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that it has chosen South Carolina as the location for fabrication and assembly of airplane interior parts to supply the 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery site currently under construction in North Charleston, S.C. The company is reviewing potential sites for the new airplane interiors facility and anticipates making a final decision by midsummer.
The new facility, Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina, will be located near the North Charleston final assembly and delivery site. As many as 150 employees will work at the new interiors facility, which will serve as an extension of the existing Interiors Responsibility Center in Everett, Wash., leveraging the opportunities of a single, integrated production system. This decision is part of Boeing's plan announced in 2009 to provide an independent sourcing stream for 787 final assembly and delivery in South Carolina. The close proximity of this new facility to Boeing's Charleston site will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process in South Carolina.

"By expanding Boeing's footprint in South Carolina, we enhance our existing foundation with Boeing Charleston and further contribute to the growth of aerospace in the region," said Ray Conner, vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "

Ultimately, the decision we made in 2009 builds on our overall strategy to successfully meet our 787 customer commitments and to optimize our production capability."
The Boeing Fabrication Interiors South Carolina team will manufacture 787 interior parts, including stow bins, closets, partitions, class dividers, floor-mounted stow bins used by flight attendants, overhead flight-crew rests, overhead flight attendant crew rests, video-control stations and attendant modules. "Recognizing the superior quality of the products and services provided by our Interiors Responsibility Center in Everett, Boeing believes this extension is an important step in ensuring that we maintain a high level of consistency and quality in our production system," said Conner. "In the long term, we are strengthening our position in the aerospace market and ensuring that we remain competitive as a company."
Located within the Boeing Everett complex, the Interiors Responsibility Center is a focused area of excellence for the design, manufacture, assembly and integration of a wide range of interior systems for production, aftermarket and spares for Boeing commercial jets. About 1,380 people work at the IRC producing products that include crew rests, doors and doorway linings, overhead stow bins and floor-mounted stow boxes, life raft boxes, closets and partitions, secure flight deck doors, video control centers, purser work stations, dry galleys, ceilings, sidewalls, decorative laminates and proximity lighting. Engineering integration services provide customer interior solutions from concept product design through project management and certification.

Candy Eslinger
Boeing Commercial

Airplanes Communications
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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications
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Legislative Boeing Team Honored By Charleston Metro Chamber
1/14/2010 -Charleston,SC
The Charleston business community gathered at the South Carolina Aquarium Thursday evening to honor key political players in Boeing’s decision to locate its second 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston.  Surrounded by the Aquarium’s massive tanks and displays of marine life, David Maybank III, chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, presented awards to what he called Charleston’s “economic development dream team” including state Senators Hugh Leatherman, Glenn McConnell, and Larry Grooms and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.

Charleston Aquarium

There are usually no formal remarks at the Chamber’s annual legislative reception, but the region made history this past year with the award of the Boeing plant, according to MaybankMaybank stated that it was not an easy decision for Boeing to locate the 787 plant in North Charleston, but they had great confidence in South Carolina’s ability to deliver on its promises.  The incentive package that was worked on tirelessly by state legislators to be passed was key to the Boeing decision, said Maybank.  The legislative team were then presented with certificates of appreciation for all they have done for the state and each a copy of the book, “Charleston From Above”, with aerial photographs of the lowcountry.

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Legislative Session 2010 Over 400 people were in attendance including Chamber representatives, local business leaders, and over 75 elected officials.  Also in attendance were three representatives from Boeing who were given, as Maybank put it, “a big Charleston welcome.”  When later asked about the local region, one Boeing official stated, “I love the small town feel, how everybody knows everybody here; Charleston is such a great place to do business.”   By the buzz and vibrant atmosphere of the reception, it appears both the local business community and Boeing leadership are exceptionally pleased with Boeing’s impactful decision to locate in the lowcountry.

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O.L. Thompson No Stranger to the Rain at Boeing’s North Charleston Site

North Charleston, SC  1-8-2010 

Boeing North Charleston Site

O.L. Thompson has been instrumental in some of Charleston’s biggest economic development projects since it started business in 1948. Their latest project is literally changing the face of Charleston’s aerospace industry. O.L. Thompson was selected by BE&K to do the site work for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner assembly plant. The Boeing project may not be the biggest project they have ever done, but with almost 4,000 potential jobs, it is obviously one of the biggest things to happen to South Carolina.

With the site clearing almost complete, the focus has turned to bringing in the fill dirt and soil that will be moved into place and readied to hold the foundation of the new plant. The day BoeingSCjobs.com visited, heavy rains had filled the site. Work continued, though obviously hampered by the inclement weather.

Boeing North Charleston Plant Fill DirtO.L. Thompson is well known for finishing on or before schedule and they are used to the wet rainy days that Charleston can provide. A new obstacle for the site work crew is the bitter cold that has plagued the southeast the first week of the New Year. With below freezing temperatures for consecutive days, the site workers have had to adapt to keep working.

Boeing has been blasted by investors and the media for the program delays that have had the 787 Dreamliner program behind schedule. With the recent announcements of the successful test flights and the progress of the new facility, the stock price has reflected a new confidence in Boeing.


Boeing Site OL Thompson Equipment


 For site work Questions, contact David Hand of  O.L.Thompson (843)-572-0088 E-mail dhand@oltc.com.

For Employment at O.L Thompson Contact Kristie Lawler (843)-572-0088 e-mail: klawler@oltc.com

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Boeing 787 First Flight See Video

12-15-2009  Seattle Washington

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes First Flight
All-new Boeing Airplane Touches Down Safely After 3-Hour Mission

SEATTLE, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner took to the sky for the first time today, ushering a new era in air travel as it departed before an estimated crowd of more than 12,000 employees and guests from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The flight marks the beginning of a flight test program that will see six airplanes flying nearly around the clock and around the globe, with the airplane's first delivery scheduled for fourth quarter 2010.

The newest member of the Boeing family of commercial jetliners took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 10:27 a.m. local time. After approximately three hours, it landed at 1:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field.

787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and Capt. Randy Neville tested some of the airplane's systems and structures, as on-board equipment recorded and transmitted real-time data to a flight-test team at Boeing Field.

After takeoff from Everett, the airplane followed a route over the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Capts. Carriker and Neville took the airplane to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) and an air speed of 180 knots, or about 207 miles (333 kilometers) per hour, customary on a first flight.

"Today is truly a proud and historic day for the global team who has worked tirelessly to design and build the 787 Dreamliner - the first all-new jet airplane of the 21st century," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "We look forward to the upcoming flight test program and soon bringing groundbreaking levels of efficiency, technology and passenger comfort to airlines and the flying public."

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, the first Boeing 787 will be joined in the flight test program in the coming weeks and months by five other 787s, including two that will be powered by General Electric GEnx engines.

The 787 Dreamliner will offer passengers a better flying experience and provide airline operators greater efficiency to better serve the point-to-point routes and additional frequencies passengers prefer. The technologically-advanced 787 will use 20 percent less fuel than today's airplanes of comparable size, provide airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity and present passengers with innovations that include a new interior environment with cleaner air, larger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting and other passenger-preferred conveniences.

Fifty-five customers around the world have ordered 840 787s, making the 787 Dreamliner the fastest-selling new commercial jetliner in history.


Yvonne Leach
787 Communications
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Marc Birtel
787 Communications
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